Let's lay Adelaide ghost to rest - Trott
Jonathan Trott has urged England to replicate their first-innings score at Adelaide from four years ago and this time go on to win the second Ashes Test.
The tourists wracked up 551 for six declared, batting first in December 2006, as Paul Collingwood amassed 206 and Kevin Pietersen 158.
However, after Australia had replied with 513, a final-day collapse saw England suffer defeat that put them two down en route to being whitewashed.
Andrew Strauss’ side are in high spirits after posting 517 for one declared in their second innings of the drawn opening Test at Brisbane.
Trott, who was unbeaten on 135 in that total, believes his team-mates are not thinking about the agonising defeat at the Adelaide Oval on England’s previous tour Down Under.
"I don't think the guys will be worried about four years ago. It was in the past - we're looking to come to Adelaide and win," Trott insisted.
"We went to Brisbane to win the game and unfortunately we couldn't do that, so it's still 0-0.
"But we're here with real energy and determination to go 1-0 up."
Australia's bowlers struggled in England’s second innings on a flat Gabba pitch and Trott is eyeing a repeat throughout at Adelaide.
"We don't want to give them a sniff," he said of the home attack. "That's our job, to get their bowlers into their third and fourth spells and get ourselves big scores."
After the tourists could muster only 260 first up at Brisbane, the 29-year-old wants to put that right.
"The one thing we look at in Brisbane is the first innings," added Trott. "We didn't get as many as we'd have liked.
"It did a little early morning, then after lunch - and then flattened out.
"If we'd got a big score we'd have put pressure on them. As a batting unit, first-innings runs in Australia are very important. We hope we can get them in this game."
Trott appears to take little in life for granted, though, and, despite reports that the Adelaide pitch is sure to favour batsmen and may result in another draw, he said: "This wicket could be completely different and seam all over.
"It might not be a batting paradise, so you've got to prepare for all eventualities."
Trott's unbeaten hundred in an unbroken triple-century second-wicket stand at the Gabba was one of three reasons - Alastair Cook's 235 not out and Strauss' 110 were the others - England left Brisbane on a high.
Strauss has already warned they need to transfer their confidence into runs and wickets again.
Trott was reading from the same script today as he looked forward to Friday's renewal of hostilities.
"I've been pretty fortunate to do pretty well," he said, reflecting on his two hundreds in his only two Ashes Tests so far.
"But individually and as a team, things can change pretty quickly."
Trott began his association with the Ashes with a second-innings century at the Brit Insurance Oval last year to help England win that series 2-1.
But he was the only member of England's top six to go into last week's opening match without a previous fifty on this tour.
"Leading up to the Test match, I felt in good nick but I hadn't been able to kick on and get a big score," he admitted.
"So I was very pleased to contribute to an excellent fightback that was set up by Straussy and Cooky.
"The wicket flattened out, and that's what Test cricket is about. It's about hard yards; sometimes you get on wickets as a batter that are tricky to bat on, so it evens itself out.
"At the Gabba it probably wasn't what you want as an ideal Test wicket, but you get on with what you're given - and we did that pretty well
"Being 200 behind (in the first innings) wasn't ideal. But we showed great character in the way we were able to get back in the game."