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Trott hell-bent on retaining urn

Jonathan Trott is determined not to let England’s hard work over the summer be undone in the return Ashes series.

England retained the urn with a 3-0 triumph in the Investec Series and now have the opportunity to win four consecutive Ashes rubbers for the first time since the 19th century.

Yet Trott, who hit an unbeaten century in England’s first tour game, is wary of relinquishing the urn so soon in the second of back-to-back series.

"You don't want to undo all the hard work we did in England and playing well there as a team," he said.

"There'd be no point in losing the Ashes now after only retaining them a few weeks ago so that's at the forefront of everyone's mind, but realising it's a long series and that it's not going to be done overnight."

England will gain match practice on varied pitches ahead of the Ashes opener at Brisbane.

Having drawn with a Western Australian Chairman’s XI in Perth, they face Australia A on what is expected to be a sporting wicket at Hobart this week before another four-day game in Sydney.

"You don't know what conditions you're going to get throughout the Ashes over the five games, so it's good to play on a good wicket like we did over in WA and come across probably more seamer-friendly conditions here," Trott added. "Being well prepared is what it's about."

Trott’s England and Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell, also a centurion last week, agrees that playing warm-up matches on contrasting surfaces will benefit the tourists.

Looking ahead to facing Australia A, he said: "We'll see how it plays and obviously last time we were here we got a good four days out of it and I was lucky enough to spend some time in the middle as well, so I know there are some runs to be had out there and that's a good challenge.

"You don't want to just play on flat wickets all the time; you need to put yourself under a bit of pressure and hopefully we'll be able to do that over this four days which will get us in a good place for Brisbane."

Last week Bell and Trott added 193 for the third wicket in England’s sole innings before the former retired out.

Bell added: "To have the first week at the WACA I think is the best place to practise in terms of extreme bounce and then to come here potentially with more bowler-friendly conditions is a good place; it puts us under a bit of pressure which is where we want to be as a team.

"You don't want to go to Brisbane having no pressure cricket, so for us it's an exciting opportunity if we lose the toss and we're in batting and we have to fight to get as many runs as we can."

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