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Jonathan Trott defends slow England scoring

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Jonathan Trott insists there is no pressure on England to score runs quickly on day two against New Zealand, having struggled to hit their straps after electing to bat on the opening day of the first Test at Lord's.

England managed to scores just 160-4 from 80 overs having won the toss, with 30 maidens being bowled in 80 overs before rain brought an early finish to proceedings on the first day of the Test match summer.

Trott enjoyed the highest strike rate of any England batsman, scoring his 39 at 40.62 runs per 100 balls, but no player managed to click into gear as the visitors managed to keep things tight, albeit not particularly threatening.

Bruce Martin was particularly impressive with his slow left-armers, bowling 24 overs for only 37 runs - including 11 maidens - while he also claimed the wicket of England opener Nick Compton.

Trott, though, claims England are not required to force the game on day two of the encounter against the Black Caps, and believes they are well set to move towards a respectable total.

"That's why there's five days set aside for these games, it ebbs and flows and you can get sessions where 120 or 130 runs are scored," Trott told BBC Sport.

"It's not a T20. We have to hang in there and respect the game."

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