Albert Trott is clearly a fascinating subject for a book… one of only a select few to have played Test cricket for both Australia and England, and the only batsman to this day to clear the Lord’s pavilion.
There’s more. His Australian debut saw the all-rounder take 8-43 at Adelaide, and he averaged 102.5 with the bat in the subsequent series win over England.
Moving to England, Trott scored 1,175 first-class runs in 1899 and took 239 wickets. A year later it was 1,337 runs and 211 wickets.
Trott committed suicide at the age of 41 and died virtually penniless. A writer’s gift, you would agree, and now Steve Neal has given Trott the attention he deserves in his book, Over and Out – Albert Trott, The man who cleared the Lord’s Pavillion, by Pitch Publishing. The book was this week voted the Cricket Writers’ Club ‘Book of the Year’.
We have ten copies of Over and Out, signed by Neal, to be won by readers. All you have to do is answer this question:
Trott had an elder brother who captained Australia. What was his name?
Answers on an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – or on postcards to Albert Trott comp, The Cricket Paper, Tuition House, St George’s Road, Wimbledon SW19 4EU, by the closing date of October 13. The first ten correct answers will receive their books.
Neal was honoured at the Cricket Writers’ annual lunch this week in Knightsbridge. He was joined by Essex pair Jamie Porter and Dan Lawrence, named Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year respectively, and Tammy Beaumont, who picked up the award for Women’s Player of the Year after a stellar World Cup.