England v New Zealand: No pressure to score quickly - Trott

Jonathan Trott

England batsman Jonathan Trott says there is no pressure on the home side to score quickly on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand.

After winning the toss, England reached 160-4 from 80 overs on day one at Lord's before rain ended play early.

"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."

Some poor first-innings batting cost England on their three-Test tour of New Zealand in March, when Matt Prior's final-day hundred in Auckland saw Alastair Cook's side escape with a 0-0 draw.

But Trott, who made 39 on the first day of an international summer that will include the Champions Trophy and the Ashes, said their struggle away from home had not made England overcautious.

"There's no hangover," said the 32-year-old Warwickshire right-hander. "This is a new series and everyone has gone and played some county cricket to get into form.

"It was a drawn Test series - we didn't get thumped, but people react like drawing a Test series is a huge thing. It's an example of where English cricket is, people expect us to win and so do we. That's healthy."

England had Yorkshire youngsters Joe Root unbeaten on 25 and Jonny Bairstow three not out when rain came to end the day 10 overs before the scheduled close.

Prior to the Test, 22-year-old Root, who has never before played at Lord's, had scored 646 runs in four first-class innings this season.

"Joe has obviously been in good form," added Trott. "He seems to have his game in good order and hopefully the players around him can help him progress into everything that we want him to be for English cricket."

With 80 overs gone, Root and Bairstow are likely to have to deal with the second new ball, which will be immediately available to the Kiwis on Friday morning.

"We're in a good position, but frustrated that the rain came in just before the new ball," said Black Caps left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

Boult, who had Trott well caught at third slip by Dean Brownlie in his 2-29, added: "We didn't let them get away and we bowled quite nicely. It's early summer in England, you don't have to get too creative, just hit the areas and build pressure.

"At 160-4 at the end of the day, I'm pretty sure we'd have taken that and we're looking forward to bowling with the new ball."

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