HE last England batsman to score a century in Galle is preparing to pass on his unique experiences to the next generation.
Jonathan Trott, a granite-solid No3 whose international career was halted by the despair of a mental breakdown, is making significant steps towards becoming a coach.
The former Warwickshire man, 37, has already helped England Under-19s and is eager to impart more words of wisdom.
He told SunSport: “The things I’ve seen and been through were a huge time in my life.
"I’m very confident they will make me a better coach and a better person away from the game.”
Trott scored a century on his Test debut against Australia in 2009, was a key member of the England team that won an away Ashes series for the first time in 24 years and reached the top of the Test batting rankings.
His CV also included an innings of 112 at Galle in 2012, countering the heat, humidity and turning pitch. So he knew plenty of joy and triumphs.
Trott was forced home after one Test of the 2013-14 Ashes tour by a combination of anxiety and stress.
And although he attempted a comeback in the West Indies 17 months later, his England career was effectively over.
Trott continued churning out the runs for Warwickshire until announcing in May that 2018 would be his final summer.
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He scored more than 1,000 runs at an average of 52 last season and helped the Bears win promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.
For many, retirement and life outside the cricket bubble can be a daunting prospect. But Trott insists he is ready for it.
He explained: “I’ve been well aware my time was coming to an end. So I was fully prepared.
“I relish the challenge of what comes after cricket, giving myself goals and targets and working towards them.
“My goal was to get promotion, which we did, and now is the right time for Warwickshire to blood youngsters such as Sam Hain and Adam Hose.
“Coaching, mainly, and some media work is what I’d like to do.
“I passed my Level 3 coaching course last winter and was hoping to take a Level 4 (the highest grade) this winter but apparently I haven’t done enough coaching.
“You can’t just go from Level 3 to 4 without coaching in between. They’re strange rules and I was very frustrated. I’ll have to wait until next winter now.
“As a coach, I think I’ll be quite good on the basics of the game but also fair and with a lot of empathy for the guys. I realise how difficult the game can be.
“I’d like to be good at understanding the players but also a hard-working and disciplined coach.”
*Jonathan Trott was celebrating Matt and Julie Bourne being crowned Hardys Heartbeat of the Club 2018.
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