Sheffield’s Joe Root insists England won’t get too carried away by the prospect of Ashes glory, when the fourth Test gets underway tomorrow.
England, leading 2-1 in the series following their dominant win at Edgbaston, can regain the Ashes from the Australians with victory at Trent Bridge.
That would help exorcise a few demons following their 5-0 whitewash in Australia last time out - but batsman Root says he and his teammates will focus only on the game itself.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, the 24-year-old said: "We’re 2-1 up in the Ashes - but it’s a dangerous game to be talking about winning it this early on.
"You can get a bit carried away sometimes when you put in a performance like we did at Edgbaston last week. But you only have to look at the way Australia responded at Lord’s after losing in Cardiff to know you can’t take anything for granted in this game.
“More than anything we are concentrating on going to Trent Bridge, getting off to a fast start and putting in another strong display - that will be vital if we are to get another victory.”
Root, part of the England side who were hammered by 405 runs at Lord’s in the second Test, saw Steven Finn return in style from his international exile with a man-of-the-match display in Birmingham: “After we lost at Lord’s, we made sure we focused on our own games, not what the opposition could do, and I think that showed at Edgbaston,” he said.
"It was great to see the way Finny was so effective from the start - to be away from Test cricket for a while and then come in and play like he did was amazing.
“Ian Bell scored two great fifties as well, one to put us in a very strong position and the other to guide us home in the final innings - it was great to be at the crease with him on that Friday afternoon.
"We also took every catch that came our way, something we’ll be looking to continue this week.”
Australia, though, will be buoyed by the absence of Jimmy Anderson, England’s leading wicket-taker, who misses out with a side strain.
“Trent Bridge is a great ground and I still remember that final morning two years ago when everything was quite tight and Australia got to within 15 runs of victory,” Root added.
“You are always quite nervy at points like that, weighing up different scenarios in your head, but thankfully Jimmy produced something special and the rest is history.
“It’s a shame we won’t have him available - you never want any of your players to go down injured, but especially someone like Jimmy who has been a proven performer for a long time.
“Losing him is a massive blow but, as Cooky said after our win, it’s a great opportunity for whoever comes in to match what Finny did last week.
“I don’t know who that will be but whether it’s Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett or Mark Footitt - a guy who swings the ball a lot and has raw pace - they’ll be excited to get involved.”