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Jonathan Trott believes the confidence England have gained in the last year and a half will be vital in their bid to retain the Ashes.

England have not lost a Test series in that period, which included them regaining the urn last year, and have also excelled in limited-overs cricket - not least with the World Twenty20 win in May.

Trott was not part of the T20 triumph, but can nevertheless draw on the belief gained from that and other recent successes.

Asked of the mood in the England camp, Trott told “One of confidence, I think, with the past results that we’ve had over the last 18 months and the way we’ve performed in all cricket is a great thing to have going into this Test series and something we’ll definitely be able to draw on.

“The past parts of games that were crucial and that we’ve come out on the other end victorious have definitely helped us being successful over these months.”

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"Jonathan Trott said he is: "definitely under no false illusions with regards how difficult it’s going to be to retain the Ashes"

Trott famously made his Test debut in the 2009 Ashes decider at the Brit Insurance Oval, compiling a composed second-innings century to underpin England’s victory.

Despite that achievement against Australia, he is realistic about the size of the task ahead this winter.

“It’s obviously a dream start, only playing one game and being part of a winning Ashes team,” he added. “(I’m) definitely under no false illusions with regards how difficult it’s going to be to get down there and retain the Ashes.”

Trott is confident the improvements he has made since his Test bow will help him play his part in England’s Ashes defence.

Scores of 226 and 184 in Lord’s Tests this year, against Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively, are testament of that work.

“I obviously practice really hard at just being able to bat for long periods of time - all day - and the job as a number three batter is to be able to judge the situation, meaning if you have to go in in the first over or if you have to go in after lunch,” he said.

“If you’re able to adjust, I think, is what I’ve worked at more and being more adaptable at number three.”

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