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Jonathan Trott hopes for Champions Trophy final boost

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Jun 21, 2013 at 11:14pm IST

Birmingham: Jonathan Trott hopes England's Champions Trophy final against India at Edgbaston on Sunday can lay the platform for the remainder of a successful season.

Trott, third in the list of the tournament's leading run-scorers with his 209 runs behind only that of India's Shikhar Dhawan (332) and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (222), will be looking to help England to their first major one-day international title this weekend.

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England have been trying for nearly 40 years and 16 previous tournaments to break their duck and success on Sunday could act as a springboard for their defence of the Ashes starting next month.

Jonathan Trott hopes for Champions Trophy final boost

Trott hopes England's Champions Trophy final against India at Edgbaston on Sunday can lay the platform for the remainder of a successful season.

"You always have a little cheeky sneak at the fixtures, and where the final is going to be played, and I was very excited about getting here - and it's happened," Trott said at Edgbaston on Friday.

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"It's been a fantastic tournament [for England], with regards to coming back from a loss against Sri Lanka.

"We had the high of beating Australia first up, and then the game against New Zealand - a tight one in the end, but I thought we played really well - and to beat South Africa at The Oval [in Wednesday's semi-final was a great performance]."

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He added: "I hope we are peaking. There's obviously still a lot of cricket left this summer, and I hope it will be a great one for England."

Victory over India would be an ideal start and Trott added: "To walk out at Edgbaston will be extra-special. For me personally, I'm very excited.

"It's always fantastic for me, Ian Bell and Chris Woakes [his Warwickshire team-mates in the one-day squad] to play at Edgbaston - representing England is always a fantastic honour.

"The guys are looking to seize the opportunity. They don't come around very often."

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