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Debut ton hero of 1993 tells new boy Trott: Come out swinging and you can be the new THORPEDO; THE ASHES 2 DAYS TO FINAL TEST.

Byline: DEAN WILSON

GRAHAM THORPE has told Jonathan Trott how to start his Test career with a bang - by going hell for leather at the Aussies.

Thorpe, who became the first Englishman in 60 years to score a hundred on debut against the Australian in 1993, believes Trott can become an overnight sensation - but only if he takes the positive approach to his first Test.

Somehow Trott needs to forget how important a match this is and take the game to the Aussies by playing as if he has got nothing lose.

And after watching the way England succumbed so meekly up at Headingley, Trott would do well to heed 100-Test veteran Thorpe's advice.

"Making your debut is a big occasion and doing it in an Ashes Test is just massive," said Thorpe. "But I suppose you can multiply this one by 100 it is that big.

Bert week is not to die wondering and that is the best advice I can pass on. You've got to be positive in these kind of situations, not crawl back into your shell.

"There needs to be a positive ap-proach but without being reckless. The ticker has got to be in control and you have to be focused. If Jonathan can do that he will go a long way."

Thorpe believes that Trott must have something about him mentally too for the selectors to throw him in at the deep end.

He said: "The management have to look into the players' eyes and work out what they are going to get out of them.

"They want to know whether a guy is going to come in and stand up to be counted. Are they going to throw some punches for you or are they going to roll over?

"England need guys to throw some punches and turn this series on its head and whether you are making your debut or playing in your 50th Test match, this is not a game for the weak-hearted.

"You've got to be brave in matches like these when it is on the line.

"You need characters who will ask the question: 'What have I really got to lose?' and find the answer to be nothing because there are far worse things that can happen in your life than losing a game of cricket." Thorpe is also keen to see how Trott will react to the traditional Aussie welcome from their close fielders when he comes out to bat.

Thorpe insists the only way to deal with their bully-boy tactics at the wicket is to stand up to them.

Thorpe remembered: "When I walked to the wicket I had Allan Border at silly midoff, David Boon at short leg, Ian Healy behind the stumps, the Waugh twins in the slips and Merv Hughes with the ball in his hand, so to say I got a warm reception is a bit of an understatement.

"They gave me an absolute gobful and it wasn't pleasant, but you're going to get that and because I expected it in some ways I enjoyed it.

"I hope the same goes for Jonathan, who will probably be used to a tough environment from his time in South Africa."

GRAHAM THORPE was speaking on behalf of Betfair at the final clash between Phil Tufnell and Jason Gillespie in their ultimate rivalry. Visit www.fanvfan.com to see who won.

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BELTER Thorpe hit a debut ton and as a pundit now he's backing Trott GIVE 'EM HELL Trott should play to his strengths and hit out at the Oval
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