Granddad's pride at Trott's Ashes debut
PUBLISHED: 18:22 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:17 12 August 2010
THE grandfather of England cricketer Jonathan Trott who spearheaded England s victory in the Ashes says he is over the moon with his achievement. Leonard Trott, of Forest Close, Chislehurst, watched in delight as his grandson made a century in Sunday s
THE grandfather of England cricketer Jonathan Trott who spearheaded England's victory in the Ashes says he is "over the moon" with his achievement.
Leonard Trott, of Forest Close, Chislehurst, watched in delight as his grandson made a century in Sunday's deciding counter.
It was the 28-year-old's Test debut and when asked afterwards if he was related to the legendary 1800s cricketer Albert Trott, the only batsman to hit a ball over the Lord's pavilion, he told reporters his grandfather believed he was.
Speaking to the Times on Monday, the 85-year-old said: "It was my late brother who thought it was true, Jonathan's great uncle who was also called Albert Trott. It could have been fantasy. I have tried to trace the family back to the 1800s but can't find much relating to him.
"It would be nice to think it's true but it doesn't really matter if he is a relative or not, I know who my grandson is and that's what counts, not some distant relative. He is Jonathan and that's that."
Asked if he was proud of his grandson's achievement, sounding choked, he said: "I'm very, very proud indeed. It's amazing. He has always wanted to play for England. It's a wonderful achievement especially in a debut, it's marvellous.
"I'm absolutely over the moon. I watched it at home because I get so worked up- it was a bit much to go to the Oval.
"I spoke to him on the phone, he is obviously very happy. He always sounds the same to me, he's a confident lad. He is very busy as they're off to Ireland tomorrow.
"I've watched him play cricket so many times. I can remember watching him score a century when he was nine years old playing for Rondebosch Prep School in Cape Town with my late wife. I always knew he had talent. He was always scoring hundreds.
"He is a wonderful hockey player too actually, but he gave that up to focus on cricket. His dad was a great cricketer as well and I played cricket and soccer up until my 30s."
Mr Trott's performance has led commentators to believe he will become a regular fixture in the England squad and could well be playing against his native South Africa in the forthcoming Test series this winter.