Ashes: Jonathan Trott puts Ashes form down to hard work
Fourth Ashes Test: Australia 98 v England 444-5 (stumps, day two) Venue: Melbourne Dates: 26-30 December Start time: 2330 GMT each day Coverage: Live on Test Match Special on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW & online; TMS highlights online (UK only) and day's review on the
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Trott averages more than 90 in Test matches against Australia
England batsman Jonathan Trott has attributed his superb Ashes form to an almost obsessive attitude to practice.
The 29-year-old's third hundred in five Tests against Australia spurred England to 444-5 after two days in Melbourne, a lead of 346 over the hosts.
"I work hard," Trott, who is 141 not out, told BBC Sport. "The guys rib me about enjoying batting too much and always being the last out of the nets.
"But I'm just happy to contribute to the boys being in a good position."
Trott came to the crease early on day two after England had lost openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss in quick succession.
Playing with characteristic patience and determination, he batted throughout the rest of the day, guiding England towards a position of total supremacy as they look to secure the victory that would retain the Ashes.
"I just try to adapt to all situations," Trott told Test Match Special. "It wasn't the quickest of wickets so it wasn't a day for big cover drives.
"A few went past the edge but luckily for me I didn't get an edge on them.
"I think it's important I don't over-rev when I'm batting and try to look to over-hit the ball.
"I try to be calm and patient and play my natural game, which is to obviously just accumulate here and there and let the other guys hit the boundaries and sixes."
Trott's innings was not entirely without incident.
He was floored by a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery which he deflected on to his knee cap - later describing it as one of the most painful sensations in his life - and only a full-length dive saved him from getting run out by Ricky Ponting.
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