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Time for batsmen to step up - Trott

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Jonathan Trott acknowledges the need for England’s batsmen to deliver first-innings runs in Colombo as they aim to level the two-Test series with Sri Lanka.

Trott became the first England Test centurion of 2012 when he compiled a gutsy 112 in the fourth innings of the series-opener at Galle.

His superb knock threatened to carry the tourists to victory, but they were ultimately made to pay for a below-par effort with the bat at the first time of asking, which saw them dismissed for just 193 in less than 47 overs on a pitch that was not misbehaving in any meaningful way.

That was something of a throwback to the 3-0 Test defeat against Pakistan earlier this year, where England posted 300 just once in six attempts.

Ahead of their second meeting with Sri Lanka, which starts on Tuesday, Trott is hoping he and his fellow batsmen can show signs of improvement.

“We’ve seen when we’ve won Test matches before that we’ve scored big runs - it’s a common factor in winning games,” he said.

“We still want to go out there and put in big totals in the first innings, but we haven’t been able to do that, first in the UAE and now here.

“We’re no different as a team, we haven’t changed our way of playing, but it just hasn’t worked out for us.

“We’ve had bad sessions with the bat and getting bowled out in 40-odd overs was a bit of a sin because the wicket was pretty good and we should have capitalised.”

Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott prospered with the bat in England's second innings at Galle, but admits the team must do better at the first time of asking when they attempt to level the Test series with Sri Lanka in Colombo

If England are to end a disappointing winter campaign with a first victory of the year, they will need more of their top six to show the same application Trott displayed in his five-and-a-half-hour century in Galle.

He insisted there was no secret to his knock, but emphasised the need for a slice of fortune.

“I just played normally, I didn’t try going in with any pre-conceived conceptions about how I was going to play,” he said.

“I had a bit of luck early on and rode it. You certainly need a bit of luck in these conditions with a lot of catchers around the bat...you need the ball to bounce in the right areas.

“Things went my way and hopefully it goes the way for me and the rest of the lads this week.”

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