Trott made a brief, ill-fated return to the England side during the tour of the West Indies after 18 months out of the international game due to a stress-related illness, but retired from England duty after the return home.
His departure was one of a string of changes in the wake of the drawn series in the Caribbean as coach Peter Moores left and former England captain Andrew Strauss was installed as director of cricket.
England have looked revitalised as a result, scoring freely in a thrilling 3-2 one-day series win over New Zealand following another drawn Test series – one that Trott was actually able to enjoy.
“I never planned on going to the first day at Lord’s but I got the opportunity,” he said in the Daily Telegraph. “It was great closure, actually.
“It was fantastic watching the guys do well. Joe Root got 90, Ben Stokes got 90 – close to 400 runs on the opening day.
“I was walking to the ground and England were 30 for four, so it was really good.”
The performance that day perhaps convinced Trott that he could no longer hold down a place in the side as he admitted the one highlight of the West Indies tour for him – 59 in the second Test – came with a big slice of luck.
“I just didn’t feel good,” he said. “My batting wasn’t up to the standard. Don’t forget that I had a few inside edges that went for four. I had one shot straight down the ground, but if I’d inside-edged on to the stumps, like I did in the second innings…
“I felt all right after the first innings, thinking that’s a start, but then I got nought in the second. I didn’t feel I was playing well enough really. I just felt my game wasn’t where it needed to be.”
It was after that second Test that Trott made the decision to retire, though he did not reveal his plans to the England hierarchy.
“I decided after Grenada, but I wanted to see the job through,” he said. “I wanted to try my best and do as well as I could do.”