Champions Trophy 2013: England’s Trott plays down semi-final heroics

Champions Trophy 2013: Jonathan Trott insists winning the toss - and not his knock of 84 runs - was key to England's semi-final win

By Callum Orr
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Jonathan Trott scored 84 runs in England's victory Photo: The Sport Review

Jonathan Trott played down his man-of-the-match performance and insisted winning the toss was crucial to England’s seven-wicket semi-final victory over South Africa in the Champions Trophy at the Oval.

Having recently come under scrutiny for “negative” batting, Trott went someway to silencing his critics by producing a sublime unbeaten knock of 82 runs off of 84 balls to help send England into their first ICC final since 2004.

But the South-African born right-hander insisted that although he was happy to get a big score, it was winning the toss that was the defining factor in the seven-wicket win.

“We haven’t won a toss, I think today was our first, and that can be crucial,’ said 32-year-old Trott. “You could be slightly disappointed with the amount of runs [South Africa scored] from 80-8 but the batters held their nerve.

“Joe Root played very well and I was very happy to get some runs. We held our chances and that’s important in one-day cricket.”

Alluding to some of the criticism drawn from the media, Trott hinted that he and the team should be judged on their overall performance once the tournament is over.

“A lot of people can get caught up in strike-rates, but you’ve got to look at the end of a series or a tournament and how many you’ve won,” he continued.

“That’s why we play the game, your personal achievements don’t really count, there’s no better feeling than being in a dressing room with a bunch of guys with smiles on their faces.”

England’s performance against South Africa, a team that were widely tipped to lift the trophy, has set the players in a bullish mood, and Trott is confident that the tournament host’s will come away as champions.

“Sunday should be a great spectacle and we’ve got a great chance. We’ve got to play 100 overs of good cricket and I think we’ll win,” he added.

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