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Trott out cheaply on return

Jonathan Trott could muster only four runs in his first innings since a stress-related illness brought an early end to his Ashes winter.

Trott was off the mark first ball but managed only two more scoring shots from 19 balls, spread over 40 minutes, in Warwickshire's two-day friendly match against Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.

England's Test number three is hoping to return to the international stage this summer - and this was his first step back into the unknown, having not picked up a bat in anger since flying home from Brisbane last November.

He played no further part, of course, in England's descent to a 5-0 whitewash Down Under.

There are more than 10,000 miles and four months between Trott's last venture into the middle and this one.

For the Gabba, in front of 30,000, read 100 or so Bears faithfuls at his Edgbaston home; for Mitchell Johnson, who dismissed Trott cheaply twice in that first Ashes Test, read David Payne.

Both are left-arm pace. But unlike Johnson's unerring throat balls, Payne's opening gambit drifted compliantly on to the pads as Trott got under way with a trademark clip past midwicket for two.

In reply to 209 for eight - a mandatory 60-over declaration by the visitors after winning the toss in sunny conditions but on a pitch inevitably still tinged with green - Trott had to wait a little longer before Payne had Warwickshire captain Varun Chopra playing on to end a hectic opening stand of 75 in under 15 overs with Laurie Evans.

Trott's familiar crease-scratching rituals duly followed, and his productive first shot underlined little appears to have changed in his method.

But sadly, that was as good as it got before he was second out - lbw playing no shot to an inswinger from Payne, umpire Mansoor Qureshi confirming Trott's fate.

Gloucestershire's total had owed most to a determined half-century from Will Tavare, who shared an opening stand of 93 with Chris Dent.

Tavare, nephew of famously obdurate former England batsman Chris, dug in to make 69 from 156 balls.

Trott's morning exertions, meanwhile, were limited to a handful of simple stops in the infield, one chase to the boundary and a solitary over of his medium-pace - a maiden to Dent.

He nonetheless did not reappear in the hour after lunch, apart from to take on drinks for his team-mates as Warwickshire rotated their personnel in this non first-class fixture.

Before tea, Trott was unable to make enough ground to take a low catch at mid off from a mistimed shot by Tavare - who therefore survived on 60, much to the evident frustration of teenage seamer Aaron Thomason.

Abundant consolation soon arrived for the youngster.

In his very next over, Tom Smith was sixth out edging behind as he shaped to drive; then Tavare himself pulled one straight to square leg, before Graeme McCarter was lbw first ball.

Trott returned before the declaration to bowl two more tidy overs and finish with figures of 3-2-5-0 - but when it eventually came to his day job, he left a little to work on as Warwickshire closed on 112 for two.