Jonathan Trott scored his second Test century in the first day of the first test against Bangladesh at Lords, and he has placed England in a commanding position.
Theoretically it is a no-brainer that England will go on to win this test assuming that it does not rain continuously for the next two days, but of course this is England we are talking about, and, despite their recent brilliant showing in the World Twenty20, we are only too used to them making a mess of it. This time it looks as though even England can’t fail to win the match.
By tea, England had put on 231 runs for three wickets and Trott was 107 and still not out. It is just about a year since he scored his first century for England. That was at the Oval and was against the Australians.
Kevin Pietersen did not do as well. Coming back from a series of outstanding performances in the World Twenty20, this time he managed to hit only 19 runs before being bowled out. Admittedly his nineteen runs were entertaining and included three boundaries, but it seemed that a spot of complacency had managed to creep in.
Andrew Strauss, returning to the game following his controversial and prolonged rest, made 83 runs before handing Bangladesh his wicket; he hit the ball into his own stumps.
It is good to see Trott back on form. There as some tough cricket ahead and the side takes on Australia for an Ashes series in Australia this autumn. The side need to keep the ball rolling.
The odds on Bangladesh winning this series stand at 50/1 with Stan James