There will be a familiar face in an unfamiliar role at Edgbaston on Sunday. Jonathan Trott, who retired as a player last September after a decade-and-a-half at Warwickshire, will be back at the ground starting a new position as a coach.
But he will not be in Warwickshire’s training gear. Instead he has agreed a 40-day role with Kent – Warwickshire’s opponents in the current round of Championship games – so will find himself, for the first time, in Edgbaston’s away dressing room.
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The role came about, in part, as Allan Donald, the Kent assistant coach, is currently suffering from a shoulder injury that prohibits him from throwing the ball. But the club do not have a full-time batting coach on their staff – head coach Matt Walker fulfils the role when other duties allow – and admit they could be looking to fill the role on a permanent basis at the end of the year.
Trott spent part of the winter working with the England Lions side and is understood to be highly thought of by some in the England camp.