Hero Trott: I'm braced for the big Bok-lash.
ASHES hero Jonathan Trott is ready for a rougher ride than even the Aussies gave him in his next Test outing England matchwinner Trott, who faces Australia in a Twenty20 contest at Old Trafford today, earned a winter tour place to his native South Africa with his secondinnings hundred at the Oval last weekend.
He displayed an unflappable temperament as Australia threw everything at him in the decisive fifth Test and his 119 was every bit as important as man-of-the-match Stuart Broad's five wickets.
Emphatically But if the reception Kevin Pietersen received in South Africa last time is anything to go by, Cape Town-raised Trott, 28, is in for an earful - and then some.
Each time Pietersen walked out to bat in England's one-day campaign, he did so to a chorus of boos, although he responded emphatically with three hundreds.
Now former South Africa Under-19 batsman Trott faces the prospect of the same vitriolic volley from a crowd he once aspired to represent.
''If they choose to do that you have to get on with it,'' said Trott. ''You have no choice. If people choose to act in that way you can't change it, so there is no point worrying about it.
''It's the same as sledging, another way you can be put off your game. That's the whole thing about external distractions, they can contribute to you not playing your own way.
''Playing against any international team is no different. Just because it is South Africa does not change things for me - any game for England is going to be difficult.
''I look forward to the challenge of wherever it is. I will be raring to go if selected. There will be no nervousness or apprehension.'' Trott, like Pietersen before him, will be an integral character in Ashes folklore, having scored a match-defining hundred on Test cricket's biggest stage. But, given the super-sized scheduling of the 2009 summer there has neither been time to reflect upon its worth nor milk the new-found fame.
''There has been no time for basking in the glory of the Ashes, and I guess moving on is the best thing to do rather than be looking back in the past,'' said Warwickshire's Trott, who was brought down to earth with a duck against Ireland in midweek.
''What I have found, though, is wherever you go, just travelling with the England team, people are a lot more aware of who you are.
''You have to enjoy the attention because it is part of the process of playing for England. If you don't, it will soon bother you.'' Excellent Focus will be on him again in the first of two 20-over bashes against Australia given his excellent record this summer.
As well as averaging in excess of 80 in first-class cricket this summer, he also topped the domestic Twenty20 run chart with 525.
''I don't see myself as a specialist,'' he insisted.
''I do a few things differently when I change between formats but that is generally in my mind and there is no massive change of technique.
''I don't try to play different shots. I obviously know which ones work well for me and try to play to those strengths.''
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