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Trott begins long road back

Gauteng Invitation XI 179 (Wood 4-29) and 120 for 8 (Rashid 2-14) drew with England Lions 443 (Robson 109, Lyth 106) and 176 for 5 dec. (Trott 79*)
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Jonathan Trott, given the captaincy of England Lions as he attempts to rebuild his England career, struck a heartening half-century as England Lions narrowly failed to force victory in Soweto in the only warm-up match of their South Africa tour.

The Gauteng Invitation XI held on for a draw with two wickets remaining thanks to an approaching electrical storm, leaving Trott to contemplate his success in a non first-class practice match about as far away from the heat of international cricket as it was possible to be.

Trott failed to make an impact in a first innings - his first for an England side since he left the Ashes tour prematurely with a stress-related illness - as Adam Lyth, Sam Robson and Alex Lees all scored heavily, but he calmly got on with the task with an unbeaten 79.

Sam Billings - given a knock despite not being named in the initial XI - also made a half-century before retiring. He shared 115 for the fourth wicket with Trott and pushed the Lions out of sight. They declared setting their hosts 441 to win in little over two sessions.

The Lions' seamers - six in all plus two spinners in this squad practice game - then got to work again but with 14 overs remaining, the players left the field for safety reasons, enabling Bradley Dial's 35 in 81 balls to secure a draw.

  • Trott begins long road back

    England Lions failed to force victory in the only warm-up match of their South Africa tour as the Gauteng Invitation XI held on for a draw with two wickets remaining but it was a match the tourists dominated from the start.

  • Wood four puts Lions in control

    Mark Wood took four wickets as England Lions took complete control of their opening tour match on the second day in Soweto.

  • Robson, Lyth notch tons in strong display

    Sam Robson and Adam Lyth traded tons in the unofficial contest to be England's Test opener before Alex Lees, the third contender, struck an unbeaten 82 as the Lions enjoyed a productive first day of their South Africa tour

Gauteng Invitation XI 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st11MY CookK Mogotsi
2nd27Y ValliK Mogotsi
3rd4Y ValliWR Landsdale
4th14B DialWR Landsdale
5th1B DialS Masondo
6th37B DialB Barnard
7th5B DialZ Pongolo
8th11M ArnoldB Dial
9th10M ArnoldKJ Dudgeon