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A familiar sight - Jonathan Trott acknowledges the applause on reaching another century for Warwickshire

Jonathan Trott insists he is prepared for the challenge after being named in the England squad for the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley Carnegie.

The uncapped Warwickshire batsman has been rewarded for some wonderful form this season - he averages in excess of 90 in the LV= County Championship - with a place in a 14-strong party.

"I found out last night when I got the call from Geoff Miller," Trott told ecb.co.uk.

"I didn't recognise the number so I was a bit surprised. It's what you strive for but you are never sure how you might feel when the call comes - excitement, nerves, anxiety.

"It will mean a lot if I play in an Ashes Test. It's a huge game, not just for me - everyone."

Trott is not entirely new to the international scene, although his experience is limited to a pair of Twenty20 caps he won two years ago.

However, he accumulated just 11 runs in those two appearances before being demoted to England Lions duty, whereupon he decided to make a few changes to his batting.

"I've worked really hard for the last couple of years having had a taste of it in 2007," he added.

"I sat down after that summer and made a few adjustments to my game. I thought about all the things I do when I am playing well.

"I'm pleased with how it's going. I have found a consistency that I didn't have before. I have worked really hard on it, though, with Ashley Giles and Warwickshire.

"When I was called up two years ago I was not playing as well as I can. I was ambitious and wanted to get back in. You are always trying to reach the next level.

"I also didn't know anyone when I came into the England dressing room, neither the players or backroom staff.

"That was quite hard coming from the Warwickshire dressing room where I knew the regimes, methods, warm-ups.

"Since then I have been away with the Academy and Lions and have spent time with the national team guys while I have been in Loughborough."

Trott's endeavour did not go unnoticed by the selectors, who named him alongside Ryan Sidebottom for Friday's fourth Test with Monty Panesar being omitted from the previous squad.

"The hard work starts here," said Trott, who wants to impress in the nets in the days leading up to the game.

"It's important not to do anything different; I just need to ease myself in and feel comfortable.

"I am still learning as a player and am more experienced now than in 2007. I am batting as well as I can and I'm as ready as I can be."

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