Harry Trott (1866–1917) was an Australian cricketer who played 24 Test
matches as an all-rounder between 1888 and 1898. Trott was a versatile
batsman, spin bowler and fielder. As a captain, he was assertive,
respected by teammates and opponents alike and quick to spot a weakness
in opponents. Trott made his Test debut in 1888 and toured England four
times; on his last tour, he was elected captain by his team-mates.
England won the series and retained The Ashes, but Trott's captaincy was
praised by the likes of Ranjitsinhji and Wisden. In the return series in
Australia, Trott led his side to victory, regaining The Ashes in a win
credited as aiding the federation of the Australian colonies. A
mysterious illness in 1898 abruptly ended Trott's Test career. After
more than a year in Kew Asylum, he recovered and returned to first-class
cricket for nearly 10 years. After retirement from cricket Trott served
as a selector for the Victoria cricket team. A good-humoured man, Trott
once played a joke on his friends by giving each a cigar butt supposedly
smoked by royalty. When he died, well-wishers contributed to a monument
over his grave.
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