Warwickshire indebted to Trott
Jonathan Trott’s composed 140 not out put Warwickshire on the front foot in their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
Trott helped his side recover from 90 for five to end the second day in a comfortable position at 383 for seven.
The right-hander and Chris Woakes, who made 77no, put on 121 for the eighth wicket.
James Tomlinson got rid of openers Tony Frost and Ian Westwood early and, with Ian Bell's departure for seven to the same bowler, Warwickshire were in difficulty at 52 for three.
This worsened to 81 for four when James Troughton was also caught at the wicket and, nine runs later, Tim Ambrose went the same way, this time to Dimitri Mascarenhas.
But then Trott, who has played for England at Twenty20 level, began the recovery as conditions improved, sharing in a stand of 66 with Rikki Clarke and then 106 with Ant Botha.
Mascarenhas had Clarke leg before for 46 and Botha was stumped down the leg side off Liam Dawson at 262.
But there was no stopping Trott, who reached his third century of the summer off 166 balls and, in tail-ender Woakes, he found a willing partner as Hampshire missed several chances to claim catches.
Trott was dropped at the wicket on 98 and in the slips when 109 and he went on to punish Hampshire in an innings which had already occupied six and a half hours.
At the close, Trott had hit 17 fours, while Woakes should have gone for 65 only to be put down at mid-on by Chris Tremlett, which would have given Tomlinson a deserved fourth wicket.
Along the way, Woakes overtook his previous best score of 64no as Warwickshire completed their recovery.
Warwickshire’s director of cricket and England selector, Ashley Giles, said of Bell: “Ian has been in top form for us this season and has been averaging about 80 in the county championship, and I would be disappointed if he was not ready to play against the Australians.
“But nothing has been decided about who replaces Pietersen and will not be until the selectors meet soon.
“But Ian has been fantastic for us and he will be one of the names we consider, obviously.”