WELLINGTON – Jonathan Trott and Nick Compton smashed superb centuries as England dominated the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington today.
England’s abject failures in the first innings of the opening Test seemed a lifetime away as Trott and Compton led from the front to see the tourists to 267-2 at stumps.
And New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was left to rue his decision to put England into bat as he watched his bowlers struggle.
There was a rare moment of delight for the hosts as Alastair Cook fell cheaply but a 210-run stand for the second wicket provided the platform for England.
Compton eventually fell for 100, his second successive century following his first Test heroics in Dunedin, while Trott batted brilliantly to finish the day unbeaten.
New Zealand had struck in the 11th over of the day when Cook (17) chipped a full delivery from Neil Wagner to Peter Fulton at mid-on. It was a rare failure for the England captain, who was left frustrated after mistiming his shot.
Compton and Trott, though, looked untroubled despite the best efforts of Bruce Martin.
Trott was the first to reach his century, the No 3 bringing up the milestone off 174 balls and including 14 boundaries.
Crompton, who had got bogged down in the 90s once again, followed soon after – with the 29-year-old needing 224 balls.
However Compton failed to add to his tally as a change of ends paid dividends for Martin, with Ross Taylor holding on to the catch in the slips.
Trott, though, remained unmoved and along with Kevin Pietersen was able to see off the late threat of the new ball.
Pietersen did survive a review after being struck on the pads by Trent Boult – with the replays showing the ball would have only clipped the stumps so umpire Asad Rauf’s original ‘not out’ decision stood.
Trott went on to reach the close on 121 while Pietersen had calmly added 18. (Sky)