Trott: Batting with Cook always a pleasure

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England batsman Jonathan Trott enjoyed his century stand with skipper Alastair Cook against an Australia Invitational XI, saying the knock helped him find his rhythm ahead of the first Ashes Test next week.

England batsman Jonathan Trott enjoyed his century stand with skipper Alastair Cook against an Australia Invitational XI, saying the knock helped him find his rhythm ahead of the first Ashes Test next week.

Trott and Cook put on 143 together as England reached stumps on day two on 302 for five, after bowling the Aussies out for 304 earlier in the day. Trott made 83 and Cook 81, before both fell to loose shots outside the off stump.

Trott told the ECB website at the close of play: "It is always good to have a partnership with Alastair. It is always good to get back into the rhythm of a partnership.

"It is underestimated how important it is; it is one of those things that develops as a partnership goes but you need to practise it and the language you use in the middle.

"You can sort of see in the way a team-mate is batting what kind of form he is in and you pick up little things the more time you spend. It was nice to watch him; he looked in full flow."

Trott then commented on the fact that England would be defending the Ashes for a third consecutive time, saying the players knew the warm-ups meant little in the grand scheme of things, and that the Tests would be far more challenging.

The Warwickshire batsman added of the pressure on the side: "We have been here be for; the nucleus of the team is pretty similar, just three years older.

"We are definitely not taking anything for granted because of the success last time. We know it's probably going to be harder than it was the so the guys are very focussed."

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