Trott's method has its detractors in the 50-over format, with a reluctance to take risks in pursuit of boundaries seen by some as an overly cautious approach but his results brook no argument. In 62 matches he has plundered over 2,500 runs at a stellar average of 52.56, while his much-debated strike-rate is a far from shoddy 76.42.
England are committed to employing Trott as their anchor at number three, allowing more expansive players the chance to bat aggressively later in the innings.
That plan seemed to work ideally against Sri Lanka on Thursday, Trott top-scoring with 76 in a promising total of 293 for seven but Sri Lanka made light work of that, Kumar Sangakkara leading his side to a seven-wicket win with an immaculate 134 not out.
Trott was off the field for much of that masterclass and faces a fitness test to see if he will be available to face the Black Caps in Cardiff, a match where England will probably need to dodge the rain and win to make the semi-finals.
Assistant coach Richard Halsall said: "Jonathan had a tight right quad and we thought the best thing to do was to get him off before things got significantly worse.
"We have to have a look at him tomorrow at training and we don't know yet if he'll be fit."
Responding to Trott critics, who are less prominent than they used to be, Halsall gave short shrift.
"Trott's in the top 10 one-day batsmen in the world and he builds a magnificent platform for us," he said. "It's always reassuring to have him there. People who continue to talk about him haven't really looked at the black and white facts.
"He continues to put us in a position to score big scores which we should defend, like yesterday."