Cricket - Trott hoping for memorable final

Sunday is the day Jonathan Trott hardly dare dream about when he first saw that the 2013 Champions Trophy final would be held on his home ground at Edgbaston.

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Jonathan Trott is hoping England can win the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston

England's Birmingham showdown with world number ones India is a fitting culmination to a tournament which has served up much engaging cricket, between the showers, this mid-summer. Alastair Cook's hosts have a shot at winning England's first one-day international global trophy, having narrowly failed to do so the last time this same tournament was held in this country nine years ago.

For Trott, the opportunity to excel again on the biggest stage and in front of his own partisan support is especially enticing, so much so that he was determined to exercise self-restraint when he first discovered it was a possibility. "I looked at the fixture list and saw it there a few months ago," said England's lynchpin number three.

"You didn't want to think about it too much and have it as a sort of goal and take away the focus on all the other games. It's important just to keep it as another game - and win, we hope. I've played in some other pretty special games ... (but) I hope it will be a really memorable day."

Trott's 209 runs in the tournament so far have come at an admirable strike rate of almost 90, yet there are some who crab his contributions on the grounds they are not sufficiently dynamic.

England take issue with that, and Trott too is comfortable with his own assessment of what is required to set or chase totals.

He said: "I've always been pretty good at a general feeling for the game, and cricketing instincts and intuition. A few times people get things wrong - and I've probably been guilty of that - but I think the way I've played over the last couple of months, I've contributed to getting some decent totals for the team.

"I think the most important thing is we win cricket matches. That's all I try to do, be part of a winning team. This England team I've been playing in for four years has been on an upward angle, and to be part of that is special."

That recipe will do fine again for Trott on Sunday.

"I hope this weekend stays clear, and we can get a good 100-over game in," he said. "I think the tournament deserves that. It's been a great tournament - some great cricket played. It would be nice to finish it with a good game."

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