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Trott knows trickier challenges await

We spoke to Jonathan Trott after he made some runs on day two in Sydney

Jonathan Trott insists England are under no illusions about the tough tests that lie ahead in the Ashes even after a day of free-scoring as they continued their preparations.

Trott top-scored as the tourists enjoyed a fine second act of their tour match against an Australia Invitational XI.

But he is well aware that defending the little urn, and winning in Australia for the second successive time after triumphing three years ago, will be tricky.

“We have been here before; the nucleus of the team is pretty similar, just three years older,” Trott told ecb.co.uk.

“We are definitely not taking anything for granted because of the success last time. We know it’s probably going to be harder than it was the so the guys are very focussed.”

Even so, there are many positives England can take from their day at the Sydney Cricket Ground, starting with Trott getting his often-fruitful partnership with Alastair Cook back into full swing.

The duo batted Australia into submission last time England were Down Under, ending as the tourists' leading run-scorers in a 3-1 triumph.

Cook and Trott have since gone from strength to strength, with their stands often shattering opposition confidence.

“It is always good to have a partnership with Alastair," said Trott. “It is always good to get back into the rhythm of a partnership.

“It is underestimated how important it is; it is one of those things that develops as a partnership goes but you need to practise it and the language you use in the middle.

“You can sort of see in the way a team-mate is batting what kind of form he is in and you pick up little things the more time you spend. It was nice to watch him; he looked in full flow.”

Cook and Trott’s 81 and 83 respectively was followed up by a fine 57 from Kevin Pietersen, who was at his commanding best.

Yet the fact England’s batsmen were able to get 73 overs under their belts was due to the stellar efforts of the bowlers.

Indeed, the hosts were only able to add 33 runs to their overnight 271 for five as Stuart Broad ended with figures of 4-37 and Steven Finn 5-103.

“Andy (Flower) challenged the bowlers this morning to try and knock them over as soon as they could, hopefully by lunch,” Trott added.

“But they ended up doing it after drinks, which was a good effort with Stuart getting a wicket with the first ball of the day.

“It proves the team are in a good place when we are able to have a challenge like that and come through it and deliver.”

The aim for England now is to keep delivering every time a question is asked over the coming weeks. It will not be easy, as Trott is the first the to admit.

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