England Star Trott Named as Warwickshires Beneficiary for 2014
Warwickshire County Cricket Club has announced that England’s Ashes-winning batsman Jonathan Trott will be the Club’s Beneficiary in 2014 in his 12th season at Edgbaston.
After emphatically scoring 245 runs in a trial match for the Second XI in 2002, Trott (32) scored 134 on his First Class debut against Sussex in 2003, and he was a key part of the Bears team that won the County Championship in 2004, scoring 1,170 runs in the First Class season.
In 2009 he made his mark on the international stage by scoring a crucial 119 on debut in the deciding Ashes Test Match at The Oval, which helped England secure a 2-1 series victory.
Commenting on the announcement, Jonathan said: “Warwickshire players, staff and supporters have been fantastic to me during my time here at Edgbaston, and their support has been instrumental in helping me win trophies with the Bears and establishing myself in England’s Test and ODI teams.
“I love living in Birmingham and I had no hesitation in committing my long-term future to the Bears by signing a three-year contract extension last year.
“I’m very grateful to everyone connected to Warwickshire for this Benefit Year opportunity and I hope to announce a set of great events in the coming weeks.”
Trott, who was named ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2011, has now played 48 Test Matches for England, scoring 3,744 runs at an average of 47.3, with nine hundreds. In his 68 One Day Internationals he has scored 2,819 runs at an average of 51.25, including four hundreds.
He boasts a similarly impressive record for the Bears, with 7,947 at 46.47 in 120 First Class fixtures, 3,911 runs at 45.47 in 121 List A fixtures, and 1,871 runs at 40.67 in 65 Twenty20 fixtures. He remains the Bears’ top run scorer in Twenty20 cricket.
Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “I played with Jonathan early in his career and could see that he had a special talent. His runs in the 2004 County Championship were crucial to our success and built a platform for him to become one of the most dominant batsmen in the domestic game before winning his first England cap in 2009.
“He’s been a great servant to the Bears and is an excellent role model to aspiring young cricketers. We all wish him well with his Benefit Year.”
For further information about Jonathan Trott’s 2014 Benefit Year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.