Second Test: Jonathan Trott delighted with improved performance
Jonathan Trott was a pleased man as England silenced their critics with a much-improved display against New Zealand.
Last Updated: 14/03/13 2:27pm
England had come under fire for their embarrassing first-innings collapse in the first Test in Dunedin.
However there was no repeat in Wellington as centuries from Trott and Nick Compton helped England reach 267-2 after being put into bat.
And Trott, who finished on 121 not out following a 210-run stand with Compton (100), told Sky Sports: "We're very happy. Being put in it was important we came out and put on a better show than the first innings of the last game.
"I was a bit disappointed the way I got out in Dunedin, two soft dismissals, and I was really up for today."
It proved to be a good toss for England captain Alastair Cook to loss, with tourists having planned to bowl first themselves as well.
"I said to Cook I won't be too unhappy if we lose the toss and bat," he said. "It was a good surface."
Opener Compton was the first to his half-century at a marginally quicker tempo than Trott before he retreated into a sheet-anchor role.
His second 50 runs took 111 balls, eight more than his first, while Trott accelerated more conventionally to reach three figures from 174 deliveries.
"We both had ebbs and flows where we scored quickly and then a bit slowly," Trott said. "That's Test cricket - you have to earn the right to score your runs."
Trott, though, had special praise for Compton after the opener went on to score his second successive Test ton.
"It's a great start to his career," he said.
"I hope he can go on and open the batting for a while with Alastair.
"That's what we want. Straussy managed to do that for a long time, and they were both very successful.
"It's crucial to team success, having a solid opening partnership who understand each other's game.
"I think the top three as well need to get on and work well together."