Jonathan Trott might be the new English opener

The English test captain Alistair Cook along with the management are finding it hard to name a player who would pair up with Cook as test openers for the upcoming test series against West Indies.

Trott is a strong contestant for the position along with Adam Lyth. Cook hasn’t found any competitive and solid player since Andrew Strauss retired from the game.

The test series would start on April 13 and Trott is considered for the spot due to his vast test experience and Lyth is coming with piles of runs behind his name in the last season back in England.

Cook however is considering on both the names and it appears that Trott might get the spot to his name. Trott hasn’t been part of international cricket since Ashes 2013-14 which he left in the middle and came back home due to stress related issues.

Trott however resumed his play last summer for Warwickshire and proved his form and fitness to the English selectors. Trott made 5 centuries last summer in the championship.

Cook has praised the efforts Trott put up during his tough time and see him in good spirits before the series. The balance of the English team is however important as Gary Balance has already occupied the Number 3 spot in the test line up.

Balance scored 3 centuries last summer and hence moving him out of the equation will not be an easy decision to make for Cook and the management. This now leaves Trott to either open the innings with Cook or bat down in the order.

Lyth on the other hand is heavily backed by 1489 runs he scored in the championship with an average of 67.68. Cook now definitely has options to look for being naming one for the opening slot.

I am happy and feel lucky that we see two great batsmen fighting their way for the opener’s position. Since the Strauss has retired from test cricket we were facing serious issues related to consistency in this position.

This a major opportunity for both the batsmen if anyone of them perform he can name this position to himself for a long period of time, Cook said.

It feels really great to see Trott back in the England’s shirt. He has been a great performer and we have always enjoyed watching and playing with him. His quality is shown by the number of runs he has scored in the past.

I am sure that he will be 100% fit for the series. When he took the leave in Australia no one was sure that he would make it back to the team again. So seeing him practicing with us is really a great job done from him.

This shows how much eager he is to be back at the international arena. Things are shaping up nicely for us. We have four days to decide the final 11 so it is quite tough for us at the moment.

There are so many names new and old from which we have to pick the playing 11 who will be representing the English flag on the ground.

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