Compton 'heaves sigh of relief' after making 'desperately needed' score in 'opener spot duel' against Root

Sydney, Nov. 6 (ANI): Rookie batsman Nick Compton has spoke of his relief of scoring a 'desperately needed' half-century in his make or break battle for the opener's spot with Alastair Cook in England's first Test against India.

With Joe Root, his rival for the same spot, falling for 24 on the final afternoon of the drawn three-day game against Mumbai A, Compton got his head down for an unbeaten 64 in 52 overs and put a nightmare start to his first senior tour behind him.

"I definitely needed that. It's not been the ideal start but I just think you need to give yourself a bit of time. It is a new country, a new place to play, a new team, so perhaps I was a bit hard on myself," the Daily Mail quoted Compton, as saying.

"The most important thing was to spend time in the middle. I got the balance back and the feet going and I got the score I desperately needed," he added.

England have one more warm-up match, a four-day game against Haryana starting on Thursday, before the first Test begins in Ahmedabad on November 15, the paper said. (ANI)