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Jonathan Trott hits century in England warm-up

Tour match, Chittagong, Day two of three:
Bangladesh A 202 & 131-3 v England 281-7d

Match scorecard

Jonathan Trott
Trott gave England's management every incentive to pick him on Friday

England batsman Jonathan Trott warmed up nicely for the first Test in Chittagong starting on Friday with an unbeaten 101 against Bangladesh A.

Trott retired after hitting 14 boundaries in three hours, while Ian Bell (47) and Matt Prior (73 not out) also signalled their Test readiness.

England declared on 281-7 having been 68-3 overnight, and after the second of three days Bangladesh were 131-3.

That left them with a narrow lead of 54 after two more James Tredwell wickets.

Trott's commanding knock of 101, coming after a lean run in South Africa, gives him a better than even-money chance that he has a role to play in the first Test.

It remains to be seen whether he will be shoehorned in as a makeshift opener to partner Alastair Cook.

But after finding immediate form in the middle having been completely overlooked in the one-day series, the 28-year-old does not mind where he plays, so long as he can get his hands on a sixth Test cap.

The Warwickshire right-hander said: "It was important for me to stay positive and to make the best of my chance when it came, which I feel as though I've done.

"It was a pretty good pitch but it was difficult this morning - a bit overcast, quite testing. Every chance you get for England is a good opportunity and one you need to take.

"I definitely feel I've given myself the best chance going into the Test. With a little more work in the nets, I think I can hopefully reach top form for that match."

After some uncertainty with the bat on Sunday, and the cheap dismissals of Cook, Michael Carberry and Kevin Pietersen, England were immediately in control of affairs on Monday.

Dollar Mahmud bowled the first over of the morning and Ian Bell was confident enough to take on the short ball, pulling him for four.

Trott also collected an early boundary, clipping Robiul Islam to the ropes at third man in the second over, though he survived a loud lbw shout on 42 to hit a leg-glance off Robiul for another boundary and a 76-ball half-century.


England's 150 came up in the 35th over but there were only nine more runs added before Bell was trapped lbw by Mehrab Hossain, the left-arm spinner who had taken just one ball to dismiss Pietersen.

Trott milked some average bowling in the run-up to lunch and hurried to his century afterwards.

He promptly allowed some other batsmen to enjoy time in the middle, but Tim Bresnan (9) and Tredwell (0) spurned the opportunity as they both fell to the medium pace of Mahbubul Alam.

Prior was in decent touch, however, smashing Dollar for fours on both sides of the wicket in the space of four deliveries.

He hit Mohammad Ashraful for a fortuitous six that was spilled over the rope and added a crunching four down the ground moments later.

Once again, England's most effective bowler was Tredwell, the off-spinner taking advantage of Graeme Swann's game off to add to his six-wicket haul from Sunday.

The Kent man had Shamsur Rahman nicking to Steve Davies - who had been given some wicketkeeping time as a stand-in for Prior - and Mehrab soon followed him back to the pavilion after giving Cook a slip catch off the same bowler.

Pietersen took a wicket of his own when Junaid Siddique fell lbw for 37 while the 22-year-old Raqibul Hasan added to his unbeaten century in the first innings with 50 not out.

Ashraful, battling for his Test place, was unbeaten on 14.

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