Jonathan Trott: England should recall batsman - Geoffrey Boycott

Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Trott has scored 13 international centuries for England

Jonathan Trott should be recalled to the England Test team for their tour of the West Indies, says former batsman Geoffrey Boycott.

England will name their squad for the three-Test series, which starts in April, at 11:45 GMT on Wednesday.

"I'd take him," said Boycott of Trott. "If he's OK, he's got to play."

Warwickshire batsman Trott, 33, returned home early from the 2013-14 Ashes tour of Australia because of a stress-related condition.

Trott played in two successful Ashes campaigns before leaving between the first and second Test of England's 5-0 whitewash by Australia.

After a failed return to action with his county at the beginning of last summer, Trott regained his place in the Warwickshire team and captained England Lions in South Africa in January.

Trott, who has scored 3,763 Test runs at an average of 46.45 and hit a double century for the Lions, will face competition for a return to the Test side from Gary Ballance.

In Trott's absence, the Yorkshire left-hander hit three centuries and averaged 70.40 in seven matches batting at number three.

There has been a suggestion Trott might return as an opener, alongside skipper Alastair Cook, to accommodate Ballance.

England in the West Indies
6-7 April: two-day warm-up, St Kitts
8-9 April: two-day warm-up, St Kitts
13-17 April: 1st Test, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
21-25 April: 2nd Test, Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
1-5 May: 3rd Test, Kensington Oval, Barbados

But Boycott told BBC's Test Match Special: "Trott will bat at three, surely. He has done better than Ballance and he did it over a longer period.

"You've got to bring him back in his proper spot first, where he is confident. Remember, it will be a big thing for him.

"He did well on the Lions tour. He got a double hundred at Paarl, but that was a one-sided, flat pitch."

Boycott, 74, also wants to see James Taylor given a chance in the West Indies, with the first Test in Antigua starting on 13 April.

Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor, 25, played two Tests in 2012, but has impressed in the England one-day side.

"You have to find out about him," said Boycott, who scored 8,114 runs in 108 Tests for England between 1964 and 1982.

"He's made a lot of runs in county cricket and I've heard people who select teams for England saying they quite like the look of him.

"If that's your judgement, you've got to go with it. The whole point of being a selector is being a good judge of people and players."

England face New Zealand in two Tests at home in May and June before the Ashes series against Australia begins in July.

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