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Anxious wait for Trott

Jonathan Trott will discover on Wednesday whether he is likely to be fit enough to feature in any of England's one-day series against the West Indies.

Trott suffered a blow to the hand while facing Liam Plunkett in a net session on Tuesday afternoon and was sent to hospital for what England described as "precautionary X-rays".

The results of Trott's scans are expected to released on Wednesday morning, while England are also sweating over the fitness of Ian Bell, who suffered a minor tear in his left groin while taking part in fielding practice.

Both Trott and England will be hoping he has not done anything too serious as they gear up for the first of two Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies on Thursday.

This season, Trott's one-day form for Warwickshire has been red hot. As an attacking right-hander, he averages 88 in the 50-over Friends Provident Trophy and 44 in the Twenty20 Cup, with a strike rate of 114.

England are looking to inject some aggression into their top order and Trott could be the one bring it - providing he is fit.

Otherwise, coach Peter Moores could look towards wicketkeeper Matt Prior or even Kevin Pietersen, though he stated last week he is perfectly happy batting at number four.

If Trott is ruled out it will be a frustrating delay for the former South Africa Under-19 international, who has had to wait five years to break into the England fold.

Like Pietersen before him, Trott turned his back on the South African system to pursue his ambitions of playing international cricket in England.

He had represented South Africa at junior World Cups but signed for Warwickshire in 2002, when the Bears were coached by family friend Bob Woolmer.

Trott qualified for England last year and hopes to complete a five-year journey by playing against the West Indies this week.

"I had always wanted to come across and play in England," explained Trott, whose father and grandparents were born in London before moving to Cape Town.

"It started crossing my mind in my late teens. I always had an association with England growing up and decided I would like to play for England one day.

"It was a big decision in my life but it was purely a cricketing decision. I looked at the county system and thought it was the best in the world. I thought I had a better chance of becoming an international player with the better structure of first-class cricket.

"The quota system in South Africa was something I thought about and I made my decision with a lot of guidance.

"I thought I could go further with South Africa but I wanted to be the best player I could be and I thought playing county cricket would give me a better chance of doing that. That decision has got me this far and hopefully I can go further."

Trott now faces an anxious wait to discover whether he will have to put those ambitions temporarily on ice.

Meanwhile, fellow batsmen Bell will continue to be monitored as he bids to shake off his own injury worries.

source - sportinglife.com
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