Jonathan Trott's unbeaten 175 helps England to 362-4 at the close of play on day one of the npower Test against Bangladesh at Lord's.
England lost the toss and, with cloud cover in the air and the pitch looking a touch green, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan opted to put England in to bat.
Trott was called upon earlier than he might have hoped, after Alastair Cook went for just seven - the victim of an LBW decision to Shahadat that, in the replays, looked tough on the Essex batsman.
At that point England were 7-1 with returning skipper Andrew Strauss still feeling his way back into Test cricket.
Next man out
Nearly forty overs later, Trott and Strauss were still there and the score was 188-2 before Strauss was the next man out for 83.
Strauss fell to the Bangladesh bowler with the most experience of Lord's - Mahmudullah, who was on the MCC Young Cricketers staff in 2005.
The talented off-spinning all-rounder may have counted himself unlucky, having tempted Strauss into a risky stroke which ballooned up off his arm, fractionally above his glove for a catch that wasn't given.
Undeterred Mahmuhdullah removed the captain with the very next ball another unwise stroke from Strauss resulted in him playing on. The skipper looked a frustrated man out for 83 when a century looked his for the taking.
Bangladesh get a lift
Enter Kevin Pietersen. The new Dad and player-of-the-series in England's T20 World Cup win looked in fine form - the loud roar he got from the Lord's crowd won't have hurt.
In his customary style Pietersen didn't waste much time. The fourth ball he faced was flicked artfully to the boundary for four.
Trott cruised, untroubled to his century and it looked like these two could take the match away from the visitors.
However, perhaps even more customary for Pietersen is his ability to get himself out - especially to slow left-arm bowlers.
As he looked well set he threw everything he had at a delivery from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan. He missed, the ball beat his bat and clunked into his off stump. The applause for Pietersen wasn't quite so raucous as he headed back to the Pavilion.
Pietersen's wicket gave Bangladesh a visible lift. With Ian Bell at the crease after the tea interval Bangladesh, lead by some spirited spin bowling from Mahmudullah finally started to restrict England's previously free-flowing batting.
Rubel Hossain soon removed Bell - the Warwickshire man caught in a horrible moment of indecisiveness. He shuffled half-way forwards, then back just as Rubel speared the ball past him clattering his middle stump.
From 227-2, England were suddenly 258-4.
More warm applause from the audience at Lord's welcomed another World Cup-winner to the crease - Eoin Morgan, making his Test debut.
With Shakib and Mahmudullah starting to exert some modicum of control Morgan batted within himself - reigning in his instincts intelligently to partner Trott to his 150.
Even then, batting in an unfamiliar Test match style, Morgan couldn't resist one reverse-sweep - scooping the captain Shakib back towards the Tavern Stand for four.
Morgan at least looked determined to reign in his longing to chase any even moderately loose delivery.
At 362-4 at the close England will be pretty happy with their days work.
Bangladesh's bowling looked pedestrian and their fielding would have shamed some village sides at times - but regular wickets will have bouyed their spirits ahead of day two.
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