Jonathan Trott became only the seventh England batsman to score a Test double-century at Lord’s as the hosts consolidated their position of strength against Bangladesh yesterday.
England, at lunch on the second day of the first of a two-match series, were 456 for six with Trott — in his maiden Test innings at Lord’s — 217 not out and Tim Bresnan 24 not out.
Bangladesh, who have won just three out of their 66 Tests and lost all six against England, could take heart from an improved display by their seamers, with Trott managing just two boundaries in the session.
Worryingly for Bangladesh, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal left the field after appearing to aggravate a wrist injury as he crashed into the boundary rope when attempting a diving stop.
England resumed well-placed on 362 for four, with Trott already a Test-best 175 not out — his second century in as many Test innings in England after his 119 on debut against Australia in the second innings at The Oval last year.
Eoin Morgan, on his Test debut, was 40 not out, but the left-hander and former Ireland batsman had added just four runs when, pushing outside off-stump against Shahadat Hossain, he saw wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim hold a good diving catch.
England were 370 for five and they gifted Bangladesh a sixth wicket on 400.
Trott drove Robiul Islam through the covers and took a single. Matt Prior always wanted the second run, but Trott was slow to decline and by the time he sent the wicketkeeper back, Prior was already halfway down the pitch and run out for 16 by substitute Shamsur Rahman’s throw to Mushfiqur.
The normally methodical Trott had a nervous moment on 197 when he just missed edging a cut through to the wicketkeeper off debutant paceman Robiul Islam, but a controlled pull for two off Rubel Hossain took the former South Africa junior international to 200 in 381 balls, with 18 boundaries in more than seven hours at the crease.
Trott’s was the first double-century by an England batsman in a Lord’s Test since Robert Key’s 221 against the West Indies in 2004.
In all, 14 players from around the world have made double-centuries in a Test at the “home of cricket,” with the highest individual score former England captain Graham Gooch’s 333 against India in 1990.