Strauss And Trott Score Centuries In Colombo

Strauss And Trott Score Centuries In Colombo
Strauss And Trott Score Centuries In Colombo
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Sri Lanka Development XI 431-6 dec. & 44-1 v
England XI 272-4 dec. (Trott 101, Strauss 100)
Tour game, Colombo, day two

Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss both scored centuries as England took their turn to pile on the runs on the second day of their tour game against a Sri Lanka Development XI in Colombo.

After the Development XI declared their first innings on 431 for six, Trott retired on 101 and Strauss on 100 as England declared on 272 for four, after which the Development XI reached 44 for one at stumps in their second innings.

Angelo Perera continued where he had left off on day one and advanced his score to 85 before he was caught by Tim Bresnan off Steven Finn.

Kaushal Lokuarachchi then hit eight fours in 75 balls and once he had reached 51 not out, the innings was declared. Stuart Broad finished with figures of three for 69, Finn two for 93 and Samit Patel one for 83.

Strauss and Trott then added 197 for the first wicket before Strauss retired having reached three figures in 140 balls, hitting 13 fours and a six.

Trott followed shortly after, his runs coming from 141 balls with 16 fours.

Kevin Pietersen (26) and Ian Bell (14) were then unable to capitalise on a good opportunity to spend time in th emiddle, instead leaving some time for Ravi Bopara and Samit Patel, who were both unbeaten on 12 when the declaration came, to press their cases for inclusion in place of the dropped Eoin Morgan.

The Development XI had eight overs to face before stumps, losing the wicket of Malinda Warnapura, who was trapped in front by Stuart Broad for four.

Chamara Silva's 163 on the opening day, as well as 64 from captain Thilina Kandamby, went a long way towards handing the home side their first-innings lead.

England begin the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka in Galle on 26th March.

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