England v Bangladesh, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 1st day May 27, 2010

Resurgent Jonathan Trott puts England in control


Tea England 362 for 4 (Trott 175*, Morgan 40*) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Despite being only nine months ago memories of Jonathan Trott's stunning Ashes debut had begun to fade and he started this season with ground to make up so made the ideal start with an unbeaten 175, his second Test century, as the hosts reached 362 for 4 on the opening day at Lord's. He shared a second-wicket stand of 181 with Andrew Strauss, who returned to the international fold with a confident 83, and after Bangladesh struck back either side of tea Trott was accompanied by a compact Eoin Morgan until the close.

With the result of the series seemingly a foregone conclusion the interest is how England go about their cricket. Strauss and Andy Flower believe there is plenty of room for development and having preached the need to score big hundreds Strauss will feel culpable for the loose cut that brought his downfall, while Kevin Pietersen couldn't quite lift himself for the occasion and was undone by left-arm spin again. However, Morgan eased himself into Tests and Trott closed in on a double century - a rare commodity for England.

It was a difficult winter for Trott, who struggled to build on his perfect debut, and questions were being asked about his long-term place in the line-up. Both tours exposed the intense nature of Trott's character; in South Africa he struggled with the high-quality pace bowling, and mental pressure of facing the country of his birth, then in Bangladesh it was trial by spin that, especially in Dhaka, brought him to a virtual standstill.

He has started the season in good form for Warwickshire and the intent he showed here suggested a batsman keen to stamp his authority on the opposition in a way he didn't manage in Bangladesh. He was quickly into his stride with a square cut from his third ball, and then produced a brace of flowing cover drives off Shahadat Hossain. He barely put a foot wrong during his six-hour stay.

Inevitably the usual caveats have to apply over the opposition and standard of bowling he faced, but it was a case where Trott would be damned if he did and damned if he didn't. When he reached his hundred off 133 balls, with his sixth cover drive of the innings, he celebrated with emotion that suggested he hasn't been immune to recent discussions.

He was the crease in the fifth over after Alastair Cook was trapped lbw by Shahadat although replays showed the ball was heading over the stumps. However, the Umpire Decision Review System has been scrapped for this match after no agreement over costs could be reached between ICC and the host broadcasters, and in the umpire's defence on first impressions it looked close.

That gave Bangladesh an early fillip after putting England into bat but their decision to bowl was based as much on the fear of how their batting would cope in the conditions rather than a real belief that they could run through England's batting order. There was movement but the bowling wasn't of sustained quality to take advantage.

Strauss took his time to settle and scored one from his first 18 balls before pulling 23-year-old debutant Robiul Islam for six and clipping another boundary through the leg side to get his score moving. He also drove through the covers off the front foot, a sign that Strauss's game is in good order.

Shakib Al Hasan at least showed he wasn't afraid to react to the match situation and brought himself on in the tenth over to target Trott, but May in England is very different to Dhaka in March and there was little on offer for the captain. Bangladesh's pace bowlers ran in with enthusiasm, but their line varied too often which allowed Strauss and Trott plenty of opportunities to pick off easy runs while the bowlers weren't supported by their fielders who fumbled regularly.

With the batsmen progressing as they pleased it came as a surprise when Strauss chopped into his stumps against Mahmudullah's tight offspin, although he had escaped a gloved sweep off the previous delivery which looped to slip. The deflection wasn't massive, but could have been overturned by TV.

After Strauss's departure Pietersen was quickly into his stride with a couple of powerful drives but couldn't quite find his fluency against the Bangladesh spinners and Shakib deceived him with a beautiful arm ball that beat the inside edge and took off stump. Yet rather than assess Pietersen's problems with left-arm spin, this was more likely an occasion that didn't quite stir his competitive juices as Barbados had done.

Ian Bell reaffirmed his Test credentials over the winter but was undone by a good ball from Rubel Hossain that nipped down the slope and England threatened to lose their momentum at 258 for 4. However, Trott and Morgan consolidated then began to take advantage of a tiring attack during the final session. After a careful start Morgan had the confidence to unfurl a reverse sweep off Shakib and Bangladesh's defensive fields allowed him to tick along as though it was a one-day game. For both him and Trott more milestones await.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    BD limp is difficult watch.Common mates, you've got 200 million population.At least produce few quality players.Some talent is there.But overall terrible performance.

  • spirit on May 28, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    @ kaderkhan...bangladesh is not new to test cricket anymore,they already played tests for 10yrs with 72odd tests(with 66 loss)and they r still struggling to draw a match leave alone winning...apart from win against a depleted zimbabwe when most of their top players left and against WI when again their top players were not there,all of the time bangladesh r struggling...its da worst performance by any team by miles after being inducted into test arena..

  • tarif on May 28, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    @sam,inala,croc: u peoplle do not know nething about bangladeshi cricket nd say foolish things. the prob lies in our pitch not in our cricketers. our cricketers r used to playing in flat pitch. so our pacemen do not get opportunities of developing their latent faculties.so,we have not got any quality pacer yet.have a look at India. just about 5 years ago their pace attack was not up to the mark.so we need time.nd the pitch of lords is not good for the spinners.so our world class spinner sakib is not bowling at his best.he was also attacked by chicken pox recently. can u remember wat happened 2 england when they came in bangladesh?they got some narrow escapes in da ODIs. england won the ASHES after a long time in 2005.many former cricketers also say that bangladesh did the main job 4 england as they beat the aussies b4 ashes nd broke their confidence.most importantly, the tour is not ended.it has just begun.

  • Robert on May 28, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    A number of posters have criticised the Banglas as inadequate. Trott apart, they won yesterday. Without Trott's score (and time at the crease) England might have been out for 250.

    Trott's performance was special. He started under pressure in a lose-no-win situation and managed to win.

  • MD. MUSTAFIZUR on May 28, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Well I can say BD is playing against a multinational team !!! And Who thinks 360/4 is too much for a day in test cricket and proves bowlers incapablity, they are surely wrong.. Test cricket is chaging 4+ run rate is possible now a days against even an world class attack. I hope bd will fight back .

  • Dre on May 28, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    I really am rooting for Morgan. I hope he really has a good test career, even if he does play for Eng, I think h is great inspiration for all Associate players. Morgan looked very good. Trott seems like a Jekyl-Hyde sort of player, he was so fluent to the point that I didn't recognise him lol. To those who say Bang don't deserve to play tests...again their only way now is forward. They are WAY better than Associate teams, what sense would it make for them to go back and play them? They are unfortunately caught in-between and need support and help to make sure they make the best of their talent.

  • abdul on May 28, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    I think BD did well acording to their capacity. They are new in test chricket. They should have some times to do excellent in Test cricket. They have some good player like Tamim, shakib, Mushfuque and Ashraful . So all the best wishes for Banglaesh team .

  • Jason on May 28, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    @cmac, yawn, change the record, fact is all the players in the england team are British/Irish Citizens...@Ashik, I doubt england will bat to 1000 runs, they'll probably declare at 500, give trott, morgan and prior a chance to bat, then have 3.5 (2.5 with weather stoppage) days to bowl at BD....A good days play, however i did find the BD team rather defensive in the field especially when Morgan came in, by the middle of the morning the fielders heads had dropped, and thier fielding was lack luster. Placing Asraful in the deep was a mistake, dropping the ball in his area was guaranteed 2 runs rather than 1....Cook was controversially given out LBW when the ball was going over, so much for 'biased' umpires favoring England, Strauss, had a let off but didnt capitalise, however it took a slow motion replay from side on, to show that the ball brushed the wrist part of the glove, again hardley biased umpiring.

  • Sam on May 28, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    @cmac, How many south africans are in the English side mate? So are you claiming that BD can beat England but cant beat South Africans? LOL, dont make your team look more impotent than it really is.... Accept the fact. BD doesnt deserve to be playing ANY form of international cricket (yes T20 included). Your team is a waste of time.... The problem we have is that we as cricket fans have been robbed of 2010 summer cricket. Sorry but that is the fact

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    haha now wat xcuses wil dese Bangladesh supprtrs cm up wit ? U actuali gt an early decision favourin u ! N stil ended up wit a bad dy ! Add tht 2 all d losses u'v already suffrd in dis tour 2 COUNTY & A teams n voila u hv a hopeles team ... Hope dey wind up within d 3rd dy cnt hv d English batsmen up dre averages wit cheap scores against a helples team !

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