ENGLAND batsman Jonathan Trott is adamant Andrew Strauss’s side are made of stronger stuff than the one that crumbled to an Ashes series defining defeat in Adelaide four years ago.
From a position of total comfort on the final afternoon, England collapsed to 129 all out inside a single session, Australia picked off the 168 runs required in just 32 overs to claim a miraculous win and take an all but unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Four of England’s top five from that horror show – Trott is the only newcomer – will return to the scene of the crime when play gets underway in the second Test today, but the Warwickshire batsman, who now has two centuries from two Tests against Australia following his heroics in Brisbane, says the fightback in the first Test highlights this England side’s never-say-die mentality.
He said: “I don’t think anyone is worried about what happened four years ago. We come to Adelaide with real determination and energy to hopefully go 1-0 up in the series.
“That’s what we’ll be thinking about – we won’t be worrying about what’s happened in the past or what happened in the last innings. That’s finished as far as we’re concerned.
“We showed great character the way we were able to get back into the game. There’s a good feeling in the dressing room at the moment – it’s a nice feeling having a settled XI and have a group who are working hard.”
While England are certain to name and unchanged side, Australia are set to axe Mitchell Johnson after he finished the first Test wicketless and bring in either Ryan Harris or left-armer Doug Bollinger.