Trott Scores Big Century As England Dominate Day One

Trott Scores Big Century As England Dominate Day One
Trott Scores Big Century As England Dominate Day One
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England 362-4 (Trott 175no, Strauss 83) v Bangladesh
First Test, Lord's, day one
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Jonathan Trott shared century stands with his captain Andrew Strauss and then debutant Eoin Morgan as he helped England close day one of the opening Test against Bangladesh at Lord's on 362 for four with an unbeaten innings of 175 in 270 balls.

Despite losing four wickets, it was comprehensively England's day as they got their summer underway with a dominant performance against Test cricket's weakest side.

With Lord's barely half-full under cloudy skies and the threat of rain hanging around the ground in London, Bangladesh made good early use of swing-friendly conditions to remove Alastair Cook but thereafter England dominated.

After Shakib Al Hasan invited England to bat first, Cook (7) scored the first boundary of the game with a crisp drive down the ground, but he was soon after trapped in front by Shahadat Hossain.

Trott then joined Strauss at the crease and looked like a man in a hurry, swiftly unleashing three sweetly-struck boundaries on the off side and Strauss, having settled, pulled Robiul Islam for six over backward square leg.

Strauss could have been caught had Zunaed Siddique been a little closer at slip as left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan defeated him with one that didn't turn but otherwise he looked solid.

Trott reached his third Test half-century shortly before lunch and Strauss reached his 19th soon after as runs continued to flow easily with the sun having replaced the early clouds.

Strauss, who opted to miss England's winter tour of Bangladesh, showed no ill-effects from having had a break, bringing up the 150-run partnership between himself and Trott with a majestic cover drive that raced away to the boundary.

The pair were helped by a ragged fielding performance from the tourists, who finally had something to shout about when Strauss tried to cut a Mahmudullah delivery that was too close to his stumps and was bowled.

Pietersen ensured that the scoring rate did not drop as he cover drove for four early in his innings and another perfectly timed drive saw Trott reach his second Test century - his first having come in the final match against Australia last year.

Pietersen was bowled ten minutes before the tea break when his attempted drive connected only with fresh air and left-arm spinner Shakib's delivery went on to crash into his off stump.

After tea, Ian Bell (18) became the third England batsman to be bowled when Rubel Hossain got one to nip back down the famous Lord's slope.

That brought Trott and Morgan together and they ensured that there would be no further wickets in the day with assured strokeplay.

Trott finished the day having hit 17 fours while Morgan hit a couple of boundaries and also saw Imrul Kayes leaving the field after a full-blooded pull shot clattered into the side of his helmet at short leg.

He may not have been the only Bangladeshi to have been left feeling a little groggy as Morgan closed the day unbeaten on 40 with England comfortably in charge of proceedings.

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