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Jonathan Trott, who reached his second Test double-ton today, reflected: "It is a simple game theory-wise: a ball and a bat and sometimes we complicate it ourselves."

Jonathan Trott has revealed a back-to-basics approach is the key to his astonishing recent record in Test cricket.

Trott registered his second double-century - and fourth score above 150 - on day four of the first npower Test against Sri Lanka to continue an eye-catching run of form for England.

In 19 Test appearances, the Warwickshire batsman has now scored six hundreds - with four in his last seven outings.

With an average of over 66, he currently sits above all but the legendary Sir Donald Bradman among Test batsman to have played at least 20 innings.

Quizzed after compiling 203 in a nine-hour marathon at Cardiff, Trott explained his no-frills attitude to international cricket.

"I wouldn't say it's anything to do with any new theories," he said. "No-one in the world has a divine right to score runs or take wickets or take catches all time and it's a difficult game at times.

"But it is a simple game: a ball and a bat - you just see it and hit it. You can over-hype things.

"Sometimes we complicate it ourselves. We can sometimes be our own worst enemy. As cricketers you can make the game more difficult for yourself and think about the game too much.

“For me it's really simple. I don't try to do things out of my own bubble; I do things my own way and just try to be as effective as possible."

While Trott has excelled in England’s first innings along with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, who made 133 and 98 not out respectively, Kevin Pietersen missed out today, falling lbw to left-arm spinnner Rangana Herath for three.

Kevin Pietersen & Prasanna Jayawardene

After Kevin Pietersen was trapped in front by Rangana Herath for three, Trott said: "With Kev it's a case of things just not going his way the last couple of months."

Trott put Pietersen’s failure down to ill fortune and backed him to reproduce innings like his 227 in last winter’s second Ashes Test.

"With Kev it's a case of things just not going his way the last couple of months," he said. "We saw how he can play in Adelaide this winter.

"I was quite happy to get out the way and watch him bat and score a double hundred the way he did.

"Everyone in the dressing room backs Kev to the hilt. He's still averaging over 48 in Test cricket, so the guy's a special talent to have in our dressing room. With Kevin Pietersen on song we're definitely a better team."

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