Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott has spoken of his surprise at being named in England’s one-day squad this morning.
Trott, who is included in a 14-man party to face West Indies in two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals, moved to England from South Africa six years ago and has been a regular in the Warwickshire side since scoring a century on debut in 2003.
The 26-year-old said: "I got the call this morning, it was a bit of a shock and I thought someone was playing a prank on me. It’s one of those things you dream about when you’re growing up.
"I feel I’ve been playing good one-day cricket this season but I was not really expecting it. Hopefully I can take the chance with both hands."
Trott, who scored more than 1,000 first-class runs in 2005 and 2006, will join another South African-born player, Kevin Pietersen, in the England side.
Trott added: "I’ve been playing for Warwickshire for six seasons and qualify to play for England now. It was a decision I took when I was about 20 to come over here and try to play for England.
"It was one of those things when you weigh up the options of your career. I thought coming over here would be more beneficial and I thought I would stand a better chance.
"With regard to South Africa and the politics I don’t really get involved in that. It’s a great day and I’ll never forget it."
Chairman of selectors Graveney said: "Jonathan will give us options in the top three of the order and he has been in prolific form for Warwickshire in the Friends Provident Trophy this season."
Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas was also called up for the first time today. His talents have long been extolled by his county captain Shane Warne and his chance comes after more than a decade in the county game.
Mascarenhas, 29, said: "David Graveney phoned me about 10 o’clock this morning to let me know I’d been picked - I couldn’t believe it.
"I’ve been talked about for a little while but I was not really expecting the call-up. It’s probably the best news I’ve ever had."
Mascarenhas was born in England to Sri Lankan parents but grew up in Perth, Western Australia.
Paul Collingwood was today confirmed as England’s new one-day captain and will lead the new-look squad into next week’s series against West Indies.
The 31-year-old Durham all-rounder was officially appointed as the successor to Michael Vaughan, who earlier this week resigned to concentrate on Test cricket, and will start his role by leading England into two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals.
Collingwood was given the job having been established as the outstanding candidate with Kevin Pietersen withdrawing his interest, Andrew Strauss out of form and Andrew Flintoff recovering from an ankle operation.
"The selectors believe that Paul’s experience and performances in the one-day game make him the ideal candidate to lead the side," explained chairman of selectors David Graveney.
"He has been a key member of the one-day team for a while and we believe he is ready to take on the additional responsibility of captaincy."