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England vs Bangladesh 1st Test, Day 1: Trott Leads England Charge

By on May 28, 2010

England 1st innings, day 1 362 for 4 (IJL Trott 175*, EJG Morgan 40*, 90 overs)…

Jonathan Trott hit a superb unbeaten 175 to ensure England made a prosperous start to the international summer by dominating the opening day of the first npower Test against Bangladesh.

Trott’s innings served as the cornerstone of a close-of-play total of 362 for four at Lord’s, which represented a significant dividend on a day that began in conditions weighted firmly in favour of the seamers.

Bangladesh failed to capitalise on the early movement in the air and off the seam, and the dismissal of Alastair Cook for seven was their only new-ball reward after they won the toss.

Trott and Andrew Strauss wrested the initiative from the tourists in some style, the former playing with immense freedom en route to his second century in as many Tests on home soil following his memorable hundred on debut against Australia last year.

Strauss, for his part, was marginally less fluent in making 83 – they shared a second-wicket stand of 181 – while Eoin Morgan marked his Test debut with a sensible unbeaten 40, which contained a trademark reverse-sweep, after Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell had wasted starts.

As well as Trott batted, it is worth noting that his runs were scored on a typically reliable Lord’s pitch of no great pace. He and his colleagues were also abetted by Shakib Al Hasan’s overly defensive field settings.

England scored at more than four runs an over withour breaking stride as they made the most of a ring containing more holes than a hula hoop convention.

Trott played with great fluency early on, demonstrated great patience after Pietersen and Bell fell either side of tea, and also his maturity by settling down to see England to the close without further mishap.

He arrived at the crease following Cook’s departure in the fifth over. The left-hander made two hundreds in two Tests on the recent tour of Bangladesh, but failed to replicate that form today.

Playing back to a Shahadat Hossain delivery which nipped back off the seam to hit him above the knee roll, Cook had reason to be aggrieved by umpire Asoka de Silva’s lbw verdict.

Trott, however, made light of a potentially tricky situation by taking three fours off the first nine balls he faced, most noticeably an immaculate straight drive at Shahadat’s expense.

Strauss, returning to captain the side after Cook deputised for him in Bangladesh, had managed just one off 18 deliveries before he pulled Robiul Islam for six over square-leg.

He and Trott were largely untroubled during a 39-over alliance which threatened to shape the outcome of a match England are expected to win convincingly following their 2-0 series triumph in Bangladesh in March.

Strauss regularly punished the bowlers for straying on to his pads, while Trott, who rarely needs a second invitation to work the ball to leg, was nevertheless particularly impressive through the off side.

His innings was studded with the sort of cover-drives which delight photographers, and Strauss unfurled one gloriously expansive stroke through the same area after going to 50 off 86 deliveries.

Shakib reverted to sweepers on both sides far too early for many purists’ liking, but stemming the flow of boundaries merely allowed plentiful singles.

It came as something of a surprise when Strauss departed, immediately after he had survived when a sweep off Mahmudullah had brushed the wristband of his glove en route to slip.

Making room to cut the off-spinner, he succeeded only in bottom-edging the ball on to his stumps, and the disappointment etched over his face reflected an opportunity missed.

Trott was not so wasteful, bringing up a splendid century with a cover-driven four – his 12th – off Rubel Hossain. He had faced 133 deliveries.

Having struggled for consistency in England colours since his memorable Ashes hundred on debut, few would begrudge Trott his celebrations.

Pietersen batted in a manner suggesting he has yet to fully adjust from 20-over to five-day mode – it is less than two weeks since England triumphed in the World Twenty20 – and was bowled shortly before tea aiming an expansive cover drive off Shakib.

That, and the improved discipline of the bowlers after tea, checked Trott’s progress, and Bangladesh continued their fightback when Rubel extracted sufficient movement back in to Bell to bowl him through the gate.

That Trott’s third 50 contained just two boundaries reflected Shakib’s submissive tactics, and Morgan also profited from having the field set back as he helped Trott share an unbroken stand of 104 for the fifth wicket in almost 24 overs.

He could not have wished for an easier start to his Test career.

Source: ECB

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