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Johnson was 'my executioner': Trott

23 September 2016

Johnson removed Trott twice in the 2013 Gabba Test // Getty Images

Former England batsman reveals his thoughts during and after the 2013 Gabba Test against Australia

Jonathan Trott has described Australia as circling "like hyenas round a dying zebra" as a frighteningly fast Mitchell Johnson terrorised him during the 2013-14 Ashes series.

The former England Test batsman labelled Johnson as his "executioner" during the ill-fated tour when Australia emphatically regained the urn with a crushing 5-0 victory.

Trott entered the series with an excellent record against Australia but left the tour after the first Test in Brisbane, citing a stress-related issue.

In his recently-released autobiography, Unguarded, Trott revealed his thoughts when facing Johnson's short-ball barrage.

Johnson works over Trott


Johnson worked Trott over in the one-day series in England earlier in the year, and the 52-Test veteran conceded he was all at sea facing the speedster.

"I felt I was being led out to face the firing squad by the time we reached Brisbane," Trott wrote.

"I was a condemned man. Helpless, blindfolded and handcuffed. Mitchell Johnson was to be my executioner."

Trott added that the Australians knew he wasn't the same accomplished player who'd made a classy century on debut at The Oval when England clinched the Ashes in 2009.

Johnson removes Trott before lunch


"And they know I'm struggling. They're circled like hyenas round a dying zebra," he wrote.

Johnson was easily the series' leading wicket-taker with 37 at an average of a touch under 14.

Trott said the left-arm quick's spells left him questioning himself.

"I felt I was being questioned as a man. I felt my dignity was being stripped away with every short ball I ducked or parried. It was degrading. It was agony," he wrote about their battle in the 2013 ODI series in England, Trott's last in national colours.



Trott, who made a brief return to Test cricket in 2015 before retiring, said there were no ill-feelings towards Johnson.

"One day, I'd like to shake him by the hand and say, 'Well bowled,'" he added.

"I don't bear him an ounce of resentment. Test cricket is meant to be hard and he was admirably ruthless."

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