Trott 'upset' by day one score

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Batsman Jonathan Trott conceded his and captain Alastair Cook's hard work toward the top of the order was largely laid to waste, after England slipped to 238 for nine on day one of the fourth Ashes Test in Durham.

Batsman Jonathan Trott conceded his and captain Alastair Cook's hard work toward the top of the order was largely laid to waste, after England slipped to 238 for nine on day one of the fourth Ashes Test in Durham.

While opener Joe Root fell for 16 in the 17th over of the day, Cook and Trott added 73 for the second wicket – pushing the hosts to a very promising 107 for one.

However, spinner Nathan Lyon's introduction and seamer Jackson Bird's return to the attack soon brought a mini collapse, with Trott, Cook and the aggressive Kevin Pietersen falling in quick succession.

The right-handed Ian Bell, the struggling Jonny Bairstow and wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior, later, managed a mere 37 runs between them. Apsiring all-rounders Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, meanwhile, also failed.

"It was difficult, quite hard to score, but from 100-odd for one we'd be upset at the position we find ourselves in at the close of play," said Trott.

"But we've got 240 on the board and hopefully we can scrape a few more on Saturday. No one's really sure what a good score is.

"Australia bowled well, credit where it's due, and hopefully we can create the same pressure on Saturday."

All-rounder Tim Bresnan and tail-ender James Anderson will resume on 12 not out and 16 not out respectively – and their collective ambition will have a final total of 250-plus in sight.

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