Trott Hits Double As England Continue To Dominate

Trott Hits Double As England Continue To Dominate
Trott Hits Double As England Continue To Dominate
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England 491-5 (Trott 203, Cook 133) v
Sri Lanka 400 (P Jayawardene 112)
First Test, Cardiff, day four

Jonathan Trott scored his second double-century in Test cricket as England pushed on to close day four of the first Test against Sri Lanka 91 runs to the good in Cardiff.

Trott made 203, falling just before stumps, at which England were 491 for five in reply to Sri Lanka's 400 having dominated proceedings for the second day in a row.

Following another lenghty delay due to rain, England resumed on 287 for two with Trott and Alastair Cook (133) eventually pushed their third-wicket partnership to 251 before Cook, who faced 274 balls, edged Farveez Maharoof to wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

Kevin Pietersen was then dismissed when he was given out leg before to left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for three. The decision was reached after a long referral, with the umpiring team eventually deciding that he did not hit the ball before it struck his pad.

Trott then joined forces with Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell to put on 160 for the fifth wicket. Bell was unbeaten on 98 at the close and Trott finally fell for 203 in 409 balls - including 17 fours - when he was bowled by opposing captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.

It was his second Test double-century and a second in May having reached his maiden double against Bangladesh in similar early-season conditions last year.

Eoin Morgan made a breezy unbeaten 14 in as many balls as England took a lead of 91 into the final day with the outcome of the match looking more and more likely to be a draw.

Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first, Jayawardene making 112 - his third Test century - and Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Samaraweera all scoring half-centuries.

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