Enterprising Trott happy with start

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Morne van Wyk & Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott was denied a second century for England when bowled by Ryan Bailey, but his 85 helped amass a sizeable total

Jonathan Trott was pleased with his batting performance for England after his half-century helped secure a satisfying victory in the opening tour match against the Diamond Eagles.

The 28-year-old made a dynamic 85 from 104 balls in front of a sparse crowd at the OUTsurance Oval in Bloemfontein as the tourists racked up an untroubled 185-run victory.

The Warwickshire batsman, who blew his chance to start the tour with a century when he played on to Ryan Bailey in the 38th over, admitted he was disappointed not to reach three figures but was delighted nonetheless with his day’s work.

“It would have been nice to get a hundred but it was just good to get in the middle again, it's like learning to drive again, you pick up the bat and get back in the mode after a few weeks off,” he said.

“I don't think it's a typical South African wicket, it is a bit on the slow and low side which is quite surprising but it was nice to get in and get in the mode of playing again.

“It was nice to spend some time out there but there are still a few things to work on with my game that I could have done better out there.”

Trott shared a 123-run partnership with captain Andrew Strauss (72) while a swift unbeaten 67 from Eoin Morgan helped the visitors reach 294 for seven.

In response, the home side failed to get out of the blocks as England's bowlers put in a solid showing to see them off for 109 in 26.4 overs.

Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sajid Mahmood, Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood all took two wickets apiece as the tourists enjoyed a worthwhile workout.

It was a good team effort from England, who still have Kevin Pietersen to return.

Trott insists that although their star batsman is yet to arrive, the competition for places is still intense.

He continued: “Everyone is trying to get in this side. I just want to get in the team in whatever position they [the selectors] feel I can contribute.”

And Trott, who made his Test debut in the Ashes earlier this year, reiterated his immediate focus is on the one-day team.

He added: “Everyone coming here has their goals and we are all working hard to contribute to the team.

“I want to perform and try to get myself in the one-day side then think about the Tests afterwards.

“I don't want to be thinking of the importance of Test matches at this stage, this is just as important for us.”

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