Trott digs in at Lords

July 22, 2011

by Hobbs Luton

On a testing day for batting at Lords England concluded day one on 127-2 in the first Test match against India.

After winning the toss, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had no hesitation in asking Andrew Strauss to bat first in condition that were ideal for seam bowling.

All three of India’s fast bowlers found assistance off the pitch, but also vast amounts of swing in the air. Although England rode their luck at times they would have been delighted to have only lost two wickets on what was a rain hit day in North London.

The men to be dismissed for England were both openers who were victims of Zaheer Khan. Alastair Cook was trapped lbw for 12, whilst England’s captain made a patent 23, but then mistimed a short ball, that was taking at fine-leg by Ishant Sharma.

At 62-2 India would have felt satisfied and eager to strike again before the close, but Kevin Pietersen joined Jonathan Trott at the crease and together they held firm before the rain. They will resume their 65 run partnership this morning.

Pietersen finished 22 not out after leaving well outside his off stump, but the real hero of the day was Trott. As the players left the field Trott walked off with an unbeaten 58 to his name which was a skilful effort in these conditions. His innings included 8 fours.

With Zaheer Khan leaving the field early yesterday with a suspected hamstring strain, England will be hoping to push on past 300 today.

Chris Murtagh 22/07/11

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