Trott ignoring critique to concentrate on job in hand
Jonathan Trott insists he is unfazed by public opinion as he focuses on the task set by the England coaching staff.
Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:57am
Although the top order batsman averages over 50 in both Test and one-day internationals, he is often subject to criticism for his perceived slow scoring.
However, with the Ashes less than a week away, the 32-year-old is adamant public perception will not prevent him from helping England retain the coveted urn.
"I think Andy Flower and Ashley Giles appreciate me," he said. "That's the most important thing.
"Anything else is irrelevant and unimportant to me. Sure it's nice to get accolades and acclaim for what you've done but, crikey, if I'd got a few more runs in the Champions Trophy final we might have won it.
"That's the sort of thing I think about. Not what people are saying about me."
Trott is one of four South Africa-born players to don the England Test shirt since the turn of the century, something he believes often becomes a disadvantage when struggling for form.
"When you do well you're an England batsman and when you do badly you're a South African-born England batsman," he added.
"No-one ever forgets it. My wife is English, we have a family now and my parents live in Leatherhead. I don't have any intention of going back to South Africa.
"I'm not ashamed of where I come from and I'm proud of the way I came to play for England. I'm also proud of where I'm going and what I want to achieve.
"That's more important than whether I speak with a Birmingham accent. I want to win for England just as much as everyone else in the team."