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Ashes: Jonathan Trott pleased after his 83 for England at the SCG

Joanthan Trott: Scored 83 for England in Sydney

Jonathan Trott believes his hard work in the build-up to the Ashes is beginning to pay-off after he helped England into a strong position against a Cricket Australia Invitational XI.

Trott scored 83 as England reached 302-5 on the second day of their final warm-up game ahead of the first Test.

That score followed his 113 not out against the Western Australia Chairman's XI in the opening match of the tour.

And although he was dismissed for four against Australia A in Hobart, Trott is pleased with his form heading to Brisbane.

"I have been working hard with the coaches - and with Andy (Flower) over the last couple weeks on a few things a felt I needed to iron out," Trott told Sky Sports.

Jonathan Trott is feeling confident

"I feel I have got a bit of rhythm coming back but you never know quite know until you are in front of 40,000 people in Brisbane whether all the hard work is going to pay off or not.

Nice

"I am working hard on trying to get into some good touch so it is nice to get some runs in the warm-up games, that's what they are there for."

Trott put on 143 for the second wicket with Alastair Cook (81) at the SCG, with the 32-year-old happy with the way things went.

"After missing out in Hobart it was important for me to get my head down and get some runs," he said.

Highlights of Day Two

"Alastair and myself got through the tricky part where the ball was doing a little bit and managed to get a good partnership going. That was nice and gives us confidence going into the first Test."

Kevin Pietersen (57) also got amongst the runs to give a timely indication that he is back to his best, while Ian Bell looked well set before falling for 35.

And Trott added: "Kev came in and was really attacking and he played the way he can. It was really pleasing to see him in good form along with Belly, who looks in good touch as well."

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