Trott: I won't let standards slip
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England batsman Jonathan Trott insists complacency will not be an issue despite the remarkable start to his Test career.
The Warwickshire right-hander, who has played 21 Tests for England, has not looked back since team director Andy Flower gave him his chance at international level in the fifth and final Ashes Test of 2009.
Trott backed up his inclusion with a flawless second-innings 119 at the Oval which helped England to a 197-run victory and a 2-1 series win.
Since that momentous innings on debut, Trott has made the number three spot his own, scoring 1,867 runs at an average of 62.23.
Despite his amazing record, he insists he will continue working hard to ensure he keeps his place within the side.
“I don’t feel like I’ve cemented my position. If I go out and don’t score runs for three or four innings, people will start questioning me,” Trott said.
“I would never use words like “cemented” or “established” because of the complacency you can fall into. I think it’s important to appreciate the number three spot and appreciate the hard work I’ve already put in to winning a place in the national team.
“I’ve had a good winter, so a lot of people will be looking to me to continue that – team-mates, myself and the press. It’s up to me to handle that pressure and perform.”
Trott’s form since he broke into the side has led to claims he could be a Test great in the making, but the 30-year-old is focused solely on his own game and insists the hard work is starting to pay off.
“I try to shut all that out. I don’t think about statistics. The stats will take care of themselves. They’re an outcome of batting, and if you start looking at the outcome you forget about the present,” he added.
“In cricket, there’s no real secret to anything. It’s just a lot of hard work blended in with a bit of determination and a bit of guts.”
Trott has excelled against some of the best bowlers in the world during his 22-month spell in the side and insists he has no plans to change his successful formula.
He said: “You get help from a lot of coaches but I feel that, for me, I’m still my best coach. I grew up with my dad [Ian], who was a professional coach in Cape Town and now coaches at St John’s School in Leatherhead.
“So when I get out I generally know what I’ve done wrong, whether I’ve played in front of myself, or gone too hard at the ball. I don’t change my methods. If I do come a bit unstuck I have something to fall back on: a game plan for how to play my best.
“If I ever become a coach in the future, I’d be all about the basics: nailing them down before you try anything spectacular.”
Trott, having helped England win the Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0, will come across India, the number one-ranked side in the world, for the first time next month.
India have an array of high-class spinners within their side but Trott has already earmarked approach to keep them quiet during the four-Test series.
When quizzed on the key to neutralising the threat of the slow bowlers, he replied: “Moving your feet.
"Most sub-continent spinners have a ball that spins the other way, like the doosra, because to survive as a spinner in the sub-continent you have to be outstanding, which means moving it both ways.
“If as a batsman you don’t move your feet and get to the pitch, you’ll get caught on the crease.”