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Double ton for England's Trott, but Cardiff Test against Lanka heading for a draw

Cardiff (Wales) , Mon, 30 May 2011 ANI

Cardiff (Wales), May 30 (ANI): Middle-order batsman Jonathan Trott struck a double century to take England to 491 for the loss of five wickets in the first Test in Cardiff against Sri Lanka. The match, however, is heading for a draw.


England has a lead of 91 at stumps on Sunday with just a day of the rain-marred first of a three-Test series remaining.


Trott made 209 and put on 160 for the fifth wicket with Warwickshire colleague Bell, who was unbeaten on 98 at the close. Eoin Morgan was 14 not out.


But, with more bad weather in an already rain-marred match forecast for Monday, a draw in this opening match of a three-Test series remains the most likely result.


This was Trott's second Test double hundred following his 226 against Bangladesh at Lord's last year.


And of his six Test hundreds, four have been in excess of 150 - a remarkable conversion rate that has helped Trott to an average of 66.77, second only to that of Australia great Sir Donald Bradman's mark of 99.94.


Trott's more than eight-hour innings eventually ended when he was bowled making room to cut against the spin of Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, having faced 409 balls with 17 boundaries.


He has though been criticised by for slow scoring and in taking 190 balls to make 78 runs on Sunday he gave his detractors some ammunition. (ANI)


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