Trott and Strauss make life tough for Bangladesh
Jonathan Trott's unbeaten fifty helped England recover from an early setback as he and captain Andrew Strauss shared a stand of 98 on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's.cricket Updated: May 27, 2010 18:20 IST
Jonathan Trott's unbeaten fifty helped England recover from an early setback as he and captain Andrew Strauss shared a stand of 98 on the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Lord's.
England, at lunch on Thursday, were 105 for one with left-hander Strauss, on his Middlesex home ground, 40 not out and Trott exactly 50 not out.
Trott's fifty came off 75 balls with five fours while Strauss, after a slow start, had already faced 82 balls with a six and three fours.
Bangladesh had an early breakthrough after winning the toss in overcast conditions when left-hander Alastair Cook, caught on the crease, was lbw to pace bowler Shahadat Hossain to leave England seven for one, although replays suggested the ball was going over the top.
Strauss took 14 balls to get off the mark in what was his first international appearance for several months after he was rested from England's 2-0 Test series win in Bangladesh and missed the team's World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean as he has opted out of that format.
However, Trott was soon into his stride, cover-driving and straight driving Shahadat for boundaries. Subsequently, Strauss broke the shackles when, with only his second scoring shot, he pulled debutant quick Robiul Islam for six.
As the sun broke through the early morning clouds, Strauss and Trott settled in against the Bangladesh attack. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan brought himself on as first change but his left-arm spin rarely troubled either Strauss or Trott.
It was Trott who brought up England's hundred with a cover driven boundary off Shahadat. England gave a Test debut to Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan, who effectively replaced injured Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood, out with a shoulder problem, and rested pace bowler Stuart Broad from both this match and the second Test at Old Trafford. This is the first of a two-match series involving a Bangladesh side that has won just three of its 66 Tests and has yet to even manage a draw with England at this level.