We realised this last night while watching The Ashes Series 2010/2011 – The Inside Story for an upcoming review.
Obviously the runs help, but it’s not just that. What we like most about Jonathan Trott is his certainty. We trust his opinion.
Everyone else is wrong
During this World Cup, he has been criticised by some people for scoring too slowly. Rather than saying that he plays a certain way, has a particular role in the team or that these people were entitled to their opinion, he instead told them that they were wrong. As far as Trott was concerned, he was the one out there batting; he knew the conditions; and he played in the right way. Nothing would persuade him otherwise.
We like that.
There are times in life when everyone disagrees with you. You will generally question your opinion if this happens and most people will change their mind and go with the consensus. This is why most people are idiots.
If you hold your opinion for good reason then it stands no matter what anyone else says. If your reasons for thinking something are better than their reasons for thinking otherwise, you should stick to your guns whether it’s two people disagreeing with you or two billion.
Relying on his own opinion
England’s World Cup has been characterised by massively variable scoring on the different grounds. Going from 350 Bangalore to 170 Chennai demanded that someone assess conditions quickly. Jonathan Trott was the first batsman to do that.
He then proved that he was no Tavaré by hitting 47 off 38 balls against the West Indies. Despite the speed of scoring, it was chanceless batting until his dismissal. The outfield was like ice and everything he hit went for four, yet he didn’t get carried away. We get the impression he would have played exactly the same shots with a slow outfield and been 20 off 38 balls, for which he would doubtless have been pilloried.
Another reason to like Jonathan Trott
There’s a great guard-marking scene in that Ashes DVD. Trott’s batting and Brad Haddin marks his guard for him, doubtless in an effort to interrupt his routine and put him off his game. Trott stands poised behind him while he does this, staring at the line as if Haddin’s invisible.
“You don’t have to do one of yours now,” says Haddin. Trott utterly blanks him and methodically draws a line in the dirt in exactly the same spot.
Then he hits 168 not out.