November 6, 2012

English cricket

Nick Compton impressive

England's batsman, Nick Compton, through his innings of an unbeaten 64 against Mumbai A, has shown the qualities of batsmanship for which he was picked, says Mike Selvey in The Guardian. He looked "unflappable", Selvey believes, and he is a right choice to play for England.

What England wanted from him was above all confirmation of what they believed they had bought into, and over the course of four hours he gave it. He was determinedly disciplined with anything off line and played forward when he could as clearly he likes to do. But, with a solid backfoot game that sees the ball played late under his eyes, he looked unflappable and absolutely certain in his mind that what he was doing in his own time, in his own way, was precisely what England wanted to see.

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