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Trott's stroke-filled soiree draws no abuse from South African crowd

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London, Nov 7 (ANI): England batsman Jonathan Trott has made a run-filled return to South Africa, the country of his birth, and insisted that he did not receive one word of abuse.

Trott scored 85 and laid the foundation for England's emphatic 185-run victory in their practice match against Diamond Eagles.

He did not receive hate words like Kevin Pietersen endured when he played back in South Africa for the first time five years ago. But that might change when Trott is greeted by a full house for the first Twenty20 international next Friday.

With Andrew Strauss scoring 72 and Eoin Morgan 67 not out from 52 balls, England's batsmen quickly shook off any early-tour rust and piled up 294-7.

Then Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood ripped through the Eagles' top-order and they were rolled over for just 109, The Sun reports.

Trott was born in Cape Town, but is 100 per cent committed to England and his century in the Ashes clincher made him an instant hero.

Many remain uneasy about another 'un-English' player in the England team and Trott is expecting plenty of flak from the locals who see him as a traitor.

Trott, whose father is English, revealed: "I didn't hear anything from the crowd. I can't change the way some people might think. I can just come here and respect my teammates and the English and South African public." (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 12:48 [IST]
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