Compton makes case for England spot
Nick Compton did his case for a place in the England Test side no harm with a well-crafted half-century in the warm-up clash against Mumbai A. Compton is vying for a place in the Test side against Yorkshire opener Joe Root, and it was Somerset star who stood out in the second warm-up match of England’s tour of India.
The batsman is battling it out to fill the opener position left vacant following the retirement of Andrew Strauss, and a calm 64 against Mumbai may have convinced the selectors to hand Compton the chance in the opening Test in Ahmedabad.
Root made solid live scores of 28 and 24 in his two innings, but Compton showed he has the patience needed to make a score on a turning Indian pitch, recovering from a first innings duck to make a valuable 64 in the second innings.
“As a squad everyone is trying to vie for that place and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have an eye on that opening spot and take a bit of confidence from getting the nod in the first game,” the South African-born batsman admitted after the match.
“So obviously that probably was pretty disappointing not to have taken that initial chance. This innings was just nice to kick on and probably get a score that I did desperately need.”
Compton’s experience may prove the deciding factor which sees him get the nod over youngster Root, though the online gambling is struggling to separate them.
Whoever gets picked the pressure will be on to get his international career off to a running start in some of the toughest Test match conditions in the game.
Replacing Strauss will be a really tough ask for any batsman, it remains to be seen whether Compton is the one.