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“The Australians have made a few comments already and it’s quite surprising, having lost 3-0, they want to make comments, challenges, and start making suggestions and statements about individuals”
England batsman Jonathan Trott has lashed out at Australian pace bowler Ryan Harris after he stated that the baggy greens’ bowling attack had forced the South African-born batsman to change his natural game during the recent Ashes series.
Trott noted that Australia are in no position to be making sneaky comments as they were thrashed 3-0 in the Ashes series in July-August.
“The Australians have made a few comments already and it’s quite surprising, having lost 3-0, they want to make comments, challenges, and start making suggestions and statements about individuals,” Trott told Press Association Sport. “That’s not the way we go about our business. We go about our business and I’ll gladly take another boring 3-0.
“If you don’t have a successful series it’s always going to be determined that they’ve worked you out. People like to hype and build up scenarios and battles between players. At the end of the day anybody can get you out.”
Trott added that he won’t back down if Australia start using sledging as a means to intimidate or pressurise England’s batsmen.
“I don’t go out there looking for it,” he said. “If it presents itself I don’t mind getting stuck in. I quite enjoy it.”
The 32-year-old admitted that he had performed well under par in the most recent Ashes series as he had to wait until the fifth and final Test at The Oval to record his highest score of 59.
“The Ashes didn’t go as well as I’d have liked,” he conceded. “The stats suggest that.
“I went into the Ashes in good confidence, some good form. (I had) some uncharacteristic dismissals. I pride myself on working hard and putting a high value on my wicket. Hopefully I can get out to Australia and do that again, like I’ve done in the past.”
However, Trott has received a major confidence boost from former captain Andrew Strauss, who stated that it would only be a matter of time before Trott transforms into ‘Mr Consistent’ once again.
“Jonathan’s had such a meteoric rise through the England ranks and he’s been so phenomenally consistent with his run-scoring that he was bound to have a slight dip at some stage,” Strauss said. “That was only to be expected. He’s an incredibly high-quality performer. Those sort of guys don’t tend to have two bad series in a row.”
Strauss added that winning the first Test in Brisbane would be key as it would set the tone for the entire series.
“I personally think the first Test this time is going to be really, really crucial,” Strauss said. “If England can win that one I think it will be incredibly hard for Australia to come back.
“Those opening salvos are going to be really, really important.”
Prior to their Ashes series in England, Australia were whitewashed 4-0 by India, and Strauss noted that the momentum was now firmly in England’s favour.
“They’ve lost seven out of their last nine Test matches,” Strauss added. “If they were to lose another one in Brisbane it’s going to be pretty hard for them to win three of the four remaining Test matches to prise back the Ashes.
“It’s a more important game for Australia than it is for England, but equally what happens in that first Test does set the tone for the rest of the series.
“You only have to look at what happened in the summer. England won a closely fought game and Australia never came back from there.”