England news January 14, 2013

Trott warns against trying to 'recreate history' in Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

England batsman Jonathan Trott has said the team shouldn't try to recreate history when they visit Australia next winter.

"It will be important to hopefully retain the Ashes over here, but then go to Australia and not try to emulate what happened," Trott said, speaking to Alison Mitchell on ESPNcricinfo.

"Try to do it again based on what we did last time, I think that would be quite dangerous. I don't think there's one recipe for everything. We need to go there and see how it goes, and who knows, try to win even more than before, not try to recreate history but just do it in its own way and set standards for ourselves."

England have a big year ahead, with two Ashes series within six months of each other, five Tests against New Zealand (three away and two home) and a Champions Trophy at home. They are currently No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings, just five points below South Africa.

Trott, who scored a hundred and a half-century in England's historic Test series win in India, has been rested from the ongoing one-day series. He backed Ashley Giles, his former Warwickshire coach, to do well in his role as England's limited-overs coach, and said he was the "best man for the job".

"He's done his years with Warwickshire and learnt about being a coach," Trott said of Giles. "I think it can be quite tricky coming straight from being a player to being a coach. He knows the lines between being a mate and being a coach, and what's expected of you and what's expected of himself. So I think the English team of the future, in one-day cricket, is looking pretty good. There's a lot of one-day cricket, another Champions Trophy - something we want to really do well in."

Trott credited Giles with helping him regain his focus while at Warwickshire and getting him ready for Test cricket. "He had a lot of experience to draw on from what happened in his career - media, pressure, and getting the most out of his talent. He probably saw me as a guy not doing things quite right and could probably do better. He sat me down and said, 'I think you're going about your business in the wrong fashion, maybe tinker with a few things here and there.'"

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  • Andrew on January 16, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @davidpk on (January 15 2013, 15:41 PM GMT) - I would much rather Swann taking wickets than Anderson, Finn or Broad & for pride purposes KP or Trott! BTW - apart from the odd chuckle, I have ZERO association with good old Randy. But for some strange reason I rate his posts higher than Front Foot Lunge or Hhillbumper or Milhouse the 16yr old!

  • david on January 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    meety like your observation that if swans bowling the batters have done their job and a good score would be the result. us guys make cricket a very simple game you still in the uk with randy

  • Ralph on January 15, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Cant wait to see Australia play the Commonwealth Invitational IX - sorry, England. But I can't see the Aussies winning either the home or abroad series, their batting is as weak as I have seen for 30 years. We would have to go back to the mid 1980's to find as poor a line up as our current top 6.

    There aren't that many outstanding players in the Sheffield shield either. It doesn't seem that long ago when we had class players like Hodge, Love, Katich, D Hussey, Jaques, Rogers etc that couldn't get a test because they weren't good enough. All would walk into the team now if they had been born 5 to 10 years later.

    It all goes in cycles, you can't be top for ever and nearly 2 decades as either the best or second best team is amazing in hindsight.

  • Andrew on January 15, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (January 14 2013, 11:15 AM GMT) - well said. It should be a lot closer than what some Pommy fans are thinking. England have to start favourites, although their form is patchy (to say the least), in 2012. I think that Husseys retirement means that England have a clear advantage in their batting line up, although there is still several slots, not bedded down. They have a big advantage in spin-bowling, & I have noticed some talk (Lord Dexter) stating that England should prepare spin wickets for Panesar & Swann to play on. That would suggest to me, that some knowledgable Pommy chaps are VERY wary of our pace stocks. I think the key for Oz to win the series is to post decent 1st innings totals, do that & we will be competitive throughout a match & series. If Swann is taking wickets against us, then our batsmen have pretty much done their job & seen off the pace attack & we should get a good total.

  • Andrew on January 15, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    We (Australia) are looking down the barrell of a hammering in England, I have no doubt. Our batting lineup is far from settled and the top order is flakky. Clarke will be continually expected to score huge totals and mount a rescue, probably being exposed to the new ball. England will target Clarke and try to take him down cheaply. Personally, he looks in excellent nick, and mentally tougher than at any other time so it could well raise his stature as a leader. Usman and one or two others should have been settling into this side well before now.

  • Graham on January 14, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    SamuelH - In the first innings in Perth he got a ripper that most batsman would get out too. I think Steyn is the only player capable of bowling that ball. He palyed the pace well in the second innings. He has played 15 tests against Anderson, out 6 times averaging over 50 in those games so I wouldnt say Anderson has been all over him. He had a poor series in Australia last time where Anderson did the most damage. His career record states that he is a better player now than the player that averages 50 against England but we will see.

  • Samuel on January 14, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    @Shaggy - Anderson ate him alive in the last Ashes swinging the Kookaburra away from him and the minute the ball finally started swinging for South Africa in Perth he promptly stopped scoring. It is a weakness in his game England can look to exploit.

  • Dean on January 14, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    @158no, Eng have certainly struggled to fill the 6 berth since PC retired. Hopefully Root will end up being the answer but only time will tell. As for Aus you would think they will have a similar problem now Hussey has retired, you could argue they struggle to fill the 1,2,3 & 4 spots as well! although maybe im being a bit hard on Warner who has actually done surprisingly well so far.

  • Ski on January 14, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    I think Australia can cause England problems but England have the better players and over 5 tests will win comfortably

  • Dean on January 14, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    @Wefinishthis, Bird has played 2 tests & done quite well against a struggling & somewhat depleted SRL batting line up. At this stage how can you honestly see him being the difference between the 2 bowling attacks? The truth is with so many options he may not even make the squad let alone the team. He almost certainly will go to Ind & if he plays there on unresponsive surfaces and struggles he might well find that he slips down the pecking order and if injures start to clear up he could find himself out of the frame for the ashes trip. If fit you would imagine Siddle & Pattinson would be almost certain starters then Bird is just one of 5 or 6 others who could fill the 3rd seamer role.