Jonathan Trott hopes for Champions Trophy final boost

Updated: June 21, 2013, 9:43 PM IST
Jonathan Trott hopes for Champions Trophy final boost

Birmingham: Jonathan Trott hopes England's Champions Trophy final against India at Edgbaston on Sunday can lay the platform for the remainder of a successful season.

Trott, third in the list of the tournament's leading run-scorers with his 209 runs behind only that of India's Shikhar Dhawan (332) and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (222), will be looking to help England to their first major one-day international title this weekend.

England have been trying for nearly 40 years and 16 previous tournaments to break their duck and success on Sunday could act as a springboard for their defence of the Ashes starting next month.

"You always have a little cheeky sneak at the fixtures, and where the final is going to be played, and I was very excited about getting here - and it's happened," Trott said at Edgbaston on Friday.

"It's been a fantastic tournament [for England], with regards to coming back from a loss against Sri Lanka.

"We had the high of beating Australia first up, and then the game against New Zealand - a tight one in the end, but I thought we played really well - and to beat South Africa at The Oval [in Wednesday's semi-final was a great performance]."

He added: "I hope we are peaking. There's obviously still a lot of cricket left this summer, and I hope it will be a great one for England."

Victory over India would be an ideal start and Trott added: "To walk out at Edgbaston will be extra-special. For me personally, I'm very excited.

"It's always fantastic for me, Ian Bell and Chris Woakes [his Warwickshire team-mates in the one-day squad] to play at Edgbaston - representing England is always a fantastic honour.

"The guys are looking to seize the opportunity. They don't come around very often."

First Published: June 21, 2013, 9:43 PM IST

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