Jonathan Trott played a solid knock of 76 runs in England’s second innings on the 4th day of the second test match against New Zealand which is being played at Headingley.
The England team was ahead by 252 runs when Trott came to bat in the second innings. So, there was no pressure on him and that reflected on his game. He played freely and whenever he got a bad delivery, he put that away.
He hit his first boundary off the bowling of Doug Bracewell. That was a back of a length delivery from Bracewell and Trott punched it across the line through midwicket for four.
Knowing Trott’s strength on the leg side, the Kiwi bowlers tried to bowl wide outside the off stump, but, that plan didn’t work as Trott played some gorgeous shots through the off side on those wide deliveries.
Generally, Trott is a very orthodox batsman and he hardly plays any improvised stroke. But, since, England was in need of some quick runs in the second innings, he decided to be a bit creative. He played a couple of reverse sweeps against the part time Kiwi spinners and got boundaries on both those occasions.
At the time of lunch break, Trott was unbeaten on 76. He was looking good for a hundred. But, he couldn’t get there. He got out on the second delivery after lunch at the same score of 76. Wagner was the one who dismissed him.
It was again a wide delivery outside the off stump. Trott tried to chase it and ended up edging it. McCullum took a brilliant diving catch behind the stumps and ended Trott’s inning.
Trott faced 164 deliveries during his stay at the crease and hit 8 fours.
Warwickshire’s first match in the ongoing County Championship against Derbyshire has ended in a draw. Again, it was a match ruined by heavy snowfall. Only 146.1 overs of play was possible in 4 days and that was certainly not enough for a clear result to come out.
In the first couple of days, there was almost no play possible. Only 4 overs were bowled on the first day and then, the second day was a complete wash out.
On the opening day, the toss was won by the Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton and he had to field first under those conditions.
Derbyshire didn’t lose any wicket on the first day. Their openers safely negotiated the four overs which were bowled and the scoreboard was showing 14 for no loss.
On the third day, there was no interruption at all. The day’s play went on smoothly and the whole Derbyshire team was dismissed on 226 runs.
The highest scorer for Derbyshire was the no. 9 batsman Tony Palladino. His inning of 68 off 110 balls took Derbyshire past 200.
Chris Wright and Jeetan Patel were the stand out bowlers for Warwickshire. Both of them got three wickets each.
In reply, the Warwickshire started in amazing fashion. Their openers showed tremendous skills against the moving new ball and played some gorgeous shots.
None of the Warwickshire openers got out on the third day and the hosts were 90 for 0 at the end of the day’s play. Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood were unbeaten on 48 and 31 respectively.
On the fourth and final day, both Chopra and Westwood completed their half centuries, but, they couldn’t get into three figures.
The play was stopped due to snowfall when the score of Warwickshire was 201 for the loss of 4 wickets and the play didn’t begin after that.
Jonathan Trott has admitted that his team played poorly on the 2nd day of the first test match against the Kiwis.
The whole England team was dismissed at just 167 runs after being invited to bat first by the Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum.
The conditions were overcast. So, the England bowlers were also expected to do a bit of damage. But, that didn’t happen. The English fast bowlers were wayward and they didn’t manage to create too many problems for the Kiwi openers.
New Zealand didn’t lose even a single wicket on the 2nd day. At the end of the day’s play, the Kiwi team was only 36 runs behind the England total.
Trott was talking to the reporters in the press conference after the end of the second day’s play. He said, “It was a horrendous day for us. Nothing went right. We struggled throughout the day. But, tomorrow will be a new day and we will have to bounce back, otherwise, this match will drift away from us.”
“The conditions in the morning were extremely tough for batting. The ball was moving in the air and off the pitch as well. But, all our wickets didn’t fall because of the conditions and good bowling. Some of them fell because of poor batting as well.”
Trott was the highest scorer for England in the first innings. He scored 45 runs off 121 deliveries with the help of 7 fours. He got out off the bowling of left arm spinner Bruce Martin. It was a fuller length delivery from Martin. There was no fielder at the deep square leg boundary. So, Trott tried to sweep the ball through that region for a four. But, he didn’t manage to do that. He ended up top edging the ball and the fielder at short fine leg took the catch with ease.