Jonathan Trott revealed that his heated exchange with India's fielders on day four of the final Test in Nagpur only served to stiffen his resolve as he went on to register a century in their series-clinching draw on Monday.
England's number three was at the centre of a series of controversial incidents on Sunday, the first coming when he moved down the wicket to hit a delivery that had slipped out of Ravindra Jadeja's grasp to the boundary.
India's fielders were left even more frustrated when Trott was given not out after strong appeals for an edge behind off Ishant Sharma and tempers boiled over as Virat Kohli and the England batsman confronted each other.
Trott insisted the exchanges were merely part and parcel of international cricket and claimed the situation had actually helped him maintain his intensity and concentration.
"It was okay, that's what Test cricket is about," he told Sky Sports. "I enjoy that, it gets me going and I dig into the situation and relish it. That's what you play for I suppose.
"It was a tricky situation, especially losing Kev (Pietersen), we'd lost two pretty quick wickets there and the mind can play funny tricks in regard to pressure and reading a situation. But Ian (Bell) and myself dug in and complemented each other pretty well with regard to the tempo we batted at."
Trott also insisted he had no regrets about his decision to dispatch Jadeja's delivery to the boundary.
"We would have taken all the runs we could at that stage so to be able to take a boundary early on there was important," he added. "I'll take it... I'm definitely not giving it back!"
Trott eventually departed for 143 with the all-important draw having long since been secured, sharing in a decisive 208-run partnership with Bell.
England's number five acknowledged it had been nice to sign off from what had been a difficult tour for him personally with a substantial contribution, ending as he did on 116 not out.
"It's been a tricky tour so it's nice to finish on a high, but the way the guys have played the whole series has been enjoyable to be a part of and it's nice to contribute today," Bell said.
"I think Test cricket has been a little bit frustrating for me this year, I'd have liked to score more runs. But on the other side, the one-day cricket for me really took off.
"I felt like I was playing quite well but just wasn't converting anything in Test matches which can sometimes happen, but it's nice to finish 2012 like this. There are more challenges ahead of us, some really good cricket and we're looking forward to it."
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