Confidence boost for Compton
Nick Compton expressed understandable relief after compiling an unbeaten 64 on the final day of England’s drawn warm-up game with Mumbai A.
The Somerset batsman and Yorkshire’s Joe Root are battling to earn an opening slot alongside captain Alastair Cook for next week’s opening Test with India in Ahmedabad.
Compton, part of England’s squad for the first time, mustered scores of nought and one in his first two innings on tour, but staked his claim this afternoon with a composed innings.
“I definitely needed that,” said the 29-year-old after helping his side close on 149 for two, leading by 208.
“It’s not been the ideal start, to be honest, but I just think you need to give yourself a bit of time."
Compton did not panic after his first two failures and is now hoping to build on today’s knock.
"It is natural in a squad that everyone is vying for a place, and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have an eye on that opening spot," he added.
"I took a bit of confidence from getting the nod in the first game, and that is why I was disappointed not to take the initial chance.
"It is a new country, a new place to play, a new team - so perhaps I was a bit hard on myself.
"For me the most important thing was to spend time in the middle, and the more balls I can face in these conditions then the better and it will bode for the future.
"I'm delighted to have spent some time out there and get used to the conditions. I think you need a foundation, something to build on, and I feel like that has given me three hours in the middle and somewhere to go from.
"I got the balance back and the feet going. Perhaps in the first couple of games the feet weren't moving that well, and I got caught out. But that can happen. That has been and gone."
Compton has certainly enjoyed his first taste of touring life with the senior side.
"Just to be around these guys has been fantastic, guys I've watched for years and look up to,” he explained.
"The guys have been accepting, and I've loved the last 10 days - apart from the low scores."