Aussies will test Trott's character: Boycott

Updated: 21 August 2009 17:52 IST

Legendary Geoffrey Boycott feels England debutant Jonathan Trott's character and temperament would be tested more than his abilities by the Australians.

London:

Legendary Geoffrey Boycott feels England debutant Jonathan Trott's character and temperament would be tested more than his abilities by the Australians in the deciding Ashes Test at the Oval.

Boycott says Trott, who replaces Ravi Bopara, would have to fight the verbal volleys from Ricky Ponting and his men.

"We know Trott is in good nick, and the runs are flowing, but ability alone won't get him through this Test. I hope the selectors have studied his character, because this is a one-off streetfight of gigantic proportions," Boycott wrote in his column in 'Daily Telegraph'.

"The Aussies will not be silent when he arrives to bat. He'll get some serious lip. He has to see it as a challenge, an opportunity to be a hero," he added.

Boycott says the five-day showdown will also test skipper Andrew Strauss' leadership.

"Strauss must keep himself and everyone up for the challenge over all five days. If rain or bad light takes a chunk out of the playing time, then it will become harder for England to win.

"His leadership is bound to come under intense scrutiny. We all know he's a nice guy and a very good batsman. But is he a great leader?" Boycott said.

Topics : Cricket
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