Jonathan Trott, Afghanistan's English Coach, Prepares for the ODI World Cup 2023 Clash Against England


Jonathan Trott, Afghanistan’s English Coach, Prepares for the ODI World Cup 2023 Clash Against England

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Afghanistan’s coach, Jonathan Trott, will be facing his former team, England, as they meet in a World Cup match in New Delhi this Sunday. Trott’s journey to leading Afghanistan’s team is an intriguing one, resulting from the illness of another former England batsman, Graham Thorpe. Trott took over in July last year for a Twenty20 tour of Ireland leading up to the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Trott, at 42 years old, boasts a career with over 200 international matches and previously worked as a batting coach for the England team during their 2021 tour of India. Despite their undeniable talent in the T20 format, Afghanistan has struggled in 50-over games.

Their recent losses to Bangladesh and India at the beginning of this World Cup mark a streak of 14 consecutive defeats in the tournament, dating back to their lone win against Scotland in 2015. Afghanistan’s ODI struggles primarily stem from their inability to score runs, despite notable fifties from players like Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai.

Jonathan Trott, known for his focus and meticulous approach to batting, is now the coach who aims to change Afghanistan’s fortunes. Born in Cape Town to a British father and South African mother, Trott initially played for South Africa’s youth teams but later seized the opportunity to play for English county Warwickshire thanks to his British passport and connections with coach Bob Woolmer.

Trott’s Test career commenced with a memorable century on debut during the 2009 Ashes series, which set the stage for an illustrious England career that yielded nearly 4,000 runs in 52 Tests at an impressive average of 44.08.

However, his journey was not without its challenges. Trott’s struggles against the short ball forced him to exit the 2013/14 Ashes tour of Australia due to a stress-related illness. He later returned to the England side for a series in the West Indies in 2015 but faced difficulties as an opener, prompting his international retirement at the end of the tour and his farewell from Warwickshire in 2018.

His own well-documented challenges led to questions about his ability to lead a national team. Nevertheless, Trott has embraced the pressure of making decisions as a head coach. Despite not being able to travel to Afghanistan due to security concerns, Trott appreciates the opportunity to oversee various aspects of the team’s performance, not just as a specialist coach.

This position comes with significant responsibilities, as seen during a heart-wrenching finish to Afghanistan’s Asia Cup campaign. Despite falling just short of the required target, Trott acknowledges the weight of being the head coach and the ultimate decision-maker. He continues to work diligently to lead Afghanistan to success in international cricket.


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