The Ashes: Jonathan Trott taking nothing for granted ahead of winter challenge Down Under
By Joe Drabble - @SkySportsDrabs. Last Updated: 15/10/13 4:49pm
Jonathan Trott: Averaged under 30 in most recent Ashes series
England batsman Jonathan Trott has warned his team-mates against complacency as they prepare to challenge for a fourth successive Ashes victory over Australia.
Trott and co depart Down Under next week looking to maintain their recent stranglehold over the Baggy Greens, where they have lost just one Ashes series since 2002/03.
England claimed tense series victories in 2005 and 2009 but stunned their bitter rivals 3-1 Down Under three years ago before enjoying a relatively comfortable 3-0 win on home soil this summer.
Speaking ahead of their latest challenge, Trott admits he has mixed emotions ahead of the return to Australia.
He told Sky Sports: "It's a bit of a Catch-22 because you have fond memories so that can maybe lead to you being a little complacent thinking that I've done it before, whereas if you'd had a bad experience you'd work extra hard. So you've got to find the right balance.
"We've got nearly a month before the first Test (at Brisbane on November 21) so there's plenty of time to hone your skills and get used to the environment and country and adjust to the time zones."
Trott, who boasts a career average of 47.39 in his 48 Tests to-date, struggled for form during the 2013 Ashes series, scoring just two half-centuries in the five-match contest.
Jonathan Trott (Test record)
- Matches - 48
- Innings - 85
- Runs - 3,744
- Average - 47.39
- Highest - 226
Australia's pace bowlers may have got the better of Trott then, but the Warwickshire man believes carelessness on his part was to main reason for his struggles.
He added: "I didn't play particularly well, I got out in some strange fashions. I pride myself on putting a high price on my wicket and I don't think I did that in the Ashes so hopefully I can go back to doing that in Australia and hopefully things go our way as a team and individually we are all pretty successful."
Trott has played down his recent form, reminding doubters that he came into the last Ashes series on the back of a typically consistent tour of New Zealand, where he averaged 56.40 and scored a century in Wellington.
The 32-year-old said: "If you look over the whole course of our summer, which basically started in New Zealand in February, I played pretty well over there and came into the Ashes in good form having had a good Champions Trophy and things just didn't go my way. I don't think it's a case of bad form, it's just the game."