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Trott hits century as England prosper

Trott hits century as England prosper

Jonathan Trott scored his second test century on Thursday as England cruised to 231 for three at tea on day one of the first test against Bangladesh.
Trott was unbeaten on 107 at the interval, batting with Ian Bell, who was on 3. Trott and his captain Andrew Strauss shared in a partnership of 181 after Bangladesh won the toss at Lord's and put England in to bat. Kevin Pietersen was dismissed cheaply.
Opener Alastair Cook was stranded leg before wicket by Shahadat Hossain having scored just 7 as the game began in damp and overcast conditions. That was the only success of the morning for Bangladesh as favorable conditions for bowlers disappeared and the wicket flattened out.
In the afternoon session, Strauss and Trott cruised at more than four runs an over and Strauss appeared set for his 19th test century until he played on backing away from the innocuous spin of Mahmudullah. Bangladesh had appealed loudly for a catch behind from the previous ball.
Umpire Billy Bowden ruled correctly that the ball had struck Strauss's arm but he was dismissed from the next ball for 83.
Soon afterwards Trott reached his century with one of many well-timed cover drives, reaching three figures from 133 balls and scoring 12 fours. Pietersen, who returned to his aggressive best in the World Twenty20 tournament England won earlier this month, again looked impressive, but was clean bowled by captain Shakib Al Hassan swinging wildly, having scored just 18.
Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl, hoping its medium-fast bowling line-up would be able to take advantage of a moist wicket and swing.
The ball moved a little for the first few overs and Cook was trapped leg before wicket by Shahadat. Television replays showed the ball would have gone over the stumps.
The referral system that is supposed to be used in all test matches - and which would have saved Cook - is not being used at Lord's because of a dispute between English cricket authorities and the host broadcaster, which is baulking at paying for the extra cameras needed to allow officials to give accurate referral decisions.
Strauss batted cautiously at first but hit a six and a four to square leg in the eighth over off the unthreatening seam bowling of Robiul Islam. Trott, driving off the front foot from the start, joined in the attack as the clouds dispersed and the sun deadened the wicket. His 50 came up in 75 balls and the pair accelerated after lunch, despite Bangladeshi efforts to limit scoring with short pitched bowling.
England gave Irish-born batsman Eoin Morgan his test debut and tall pace bowler Steven Finn was also granted his home debut as England look ahead to the Ashes in Australia later this year.


Updated : 2020-12-05 23:29 GMT+08:00