London: Jonathan Trott has laughed off Australia coach Darren Lehmann’s criticism of England's “dour” style of cricket, suggesting it is odd that the Australians are mouthing off after their recent Ashes defeat.
England won the home series 3-0 this summer and head Down Under for the return leg hoping to retain the Ashes urn.
Last month Lehmann said his side have worked out new plans and are confident of getting the better of a “dour” England side.
But Trott told BBC: “I’d take another dour 3-0 in Australia. I don’t think there will be any change in the way we play.”
“I know the Australians are a confident bunch of guys, but they’ve lost the Ashes series and they are making comments already.
“That’s just the Australian way, that’s how they are – I think we go about our cricket a little bit differently. But hopefully we can win again.”
Trott, who was born in South Africa, also responded to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s comments that only English people should play football for England.
Wilshere had said: “If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English... If I went to Spain and lived there for five years, I’m not going to play for Spain.”
But Trott responded: “Everyone in that changing room knows that when I’m batting or [fellow South Africa–born] Kevin Pietersen is batting, nobody wants to score more runs for England than the two of us.
“The pride and the honour that we have every time we pull on an England shirt and walk out to bat should be good enough for anyone.
“Just because our accents aren’t the same as the people who make these comments, it doesn’t mean we want it less.
“Do we have the right to play for England? Some people argue yes and no.
“I grew up in South Africa, but I always had a British passport, I never really had a South African passport.