Strauss reins in Trott hype

ENGLAND skipper Andrew Strauss has attempted to ease the pressure on batsman Jonathan Trott to replicate his eye-catching performances each time he steps up to the crease.<br /><br />Trott&rsquo;s latest impressive display came in Sunday&rsquo;s seven-wicket victory over South Africa, when the Warwickshire man bludgeoned 87 in only his second one-day international. That followed an equally dazzling showing on his Test debut, when the 28-year-old&rsquo;s century helped England claim the Ashes series-clinching fifth match.<br /><br />But while he has been won over by Trott&rsquo;s form, Strauss emphasised the need to temper expectations so early in his international career.<br /><br />&ldquo;We had no worries about him opening the batting &ndash; he&rsquo;s done it a lot for Warwickshire and is a quality player all round,&rdquo; said Strauss.<br /><br />&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a very determined character, there&rsquo;s no doubt about that. He loves batting, genuinely loves it &ndash; and allied to that, he&rsquo;s got a very solid technique which is well-suited to the international game.<br /><br />&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want to put too much pressure on him. It is very early in his career, and he&rsquo;s shown he&rsquo;s got great ability &ndash; but we shouldn&rsquo;t expect great things of him every time he goes into bat.&rdquo;<br /><br />South Africa-born Trott, meanwhile, admits Friday&rsquo;s third ODI of the five-match series in his native Cape Town will stir emotions.<br /><br />&ldquo;It being in Cape Town adds a little edge to it for me,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But I&rsquo;m going to have to put the emotions of coming back here to one side to make sure they don&rsquo;t play any role in the decisions I make on the field.&rdquo;<br /><br />South Africa captain Graeme Smith, meanwhile, has called up batsman Herschelle Gibbs as cover for the injured Jacques Kallis.<br />