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Trott ton as England draw

Jonathan Trott scored a century as England settled for a third successive draw in the build-up to the first Test against India.

Trott's 101 (retired out) bagged England's fifth hundred in three fixtures and their likely top seven in the the Test starting on Thursday have all made at least one 50 too.

However, the bowlers were unable to skittle opponents Haryana in the final warm-up match and despite some success the hosts closed on 133-6.

Trott's first-wicket stand with Nick Compton (79) ended when the latter was caught behind down the leg side off Sachin Rana. England's prospective new Test opener therefore fell short of a century but will still go into his anticipated international debut on the back of three consecutive 50s.

Ian Bell came in at number three but the Warwickshire man fell for 48 to the bowling of Sanjay Budhwar soon after lunch while there was disappointment for Samit Patel, who lasted just two deliveries before being dismissed by the same bowler.

Matt Prior had briefly joined Bell only to be unluckily run-out backing up after a deflection off the bowler on a fierce straight drive.

Tim Bresnan struck two fours before Budhwar struck again, Amit Mishra - the Test bowler held back by Haryana - taking the catch, and when Kevin Pietersen fell to Yadav three balls later, Cook - who was at the crease on two - called it a day on 254-6 - a lead of 441.

It left England with around 50 overs to share between the bowlers and Stuart Meaker got rid of first-innings centurion Rahul Dewan for only 13 with Patel winning a second lbw verdict against Sachin Rana.

Bresnan, England's likeliest wicket-taker throughout, was rewarded for his hard work and patience when the adventurous Sunny Singh went after off-side runs but could only edge behind - and then Abhimany Khod registered his second single-figure score of the match when he too was caught by Prior, having pushed forward in defence at the Yorkshireman.

Then Nitin Saini (50) edged Monty Panesar behind on the forward defence to make it 96-5 with more than an hour remaining - but despite an overdue wicket too for Graham Onions, it transpired the opener's 84 balls of defiance had given England too much to do.