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    I was against him being picked to open this series because I thought his runs in county cricket were largely due to an increasing familiarity with how to bat on the county circuit rather than real technical excellence, and an opening spot in Test in India is a world away from what he'd be used to.

    To be fair, he did get 1000 runs before the end of May this season, which often indicates an expert player of seam movement. The fact that Compton plays at Taunton somewhat negates that, but since the Taunton track is much closer to what we're likely to see at Lord's day one than the average county deck that's neither here nor there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    So do people think Compton will play?
    He'll play in New Zealand and if he does well there then he'll get the home series against them. As it would then be the ashes double header next up I can't see him not playing unless he has a poor tour in NZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    I was against him being picked to open this series because I thought his runs in county cricket were largely due to an increasing familiarity with how to bat on the county circuit rather than real technical excellence, and an opening spot in Test in India is a world away from what he'd be used to.

    To be fair, he did get 1000 runs before the end of May this season, which often indicates an expert player of seam movement. The fact that Compton plays at Taunton somewhat negates that, but since the Taunton track is much closer to what we're likely to see at Lord's day one than the average county deck that's neither here nor there.
    My inner pedant has to point out he came up just short. Think it was June 1st when he made his grand.

    It'll be interesting to see how he does in NZ, actually. Our cider-quaffing confreres will obviously have more idea than me, but I've never really seen how he goes against a moving ball. Taunton a renowned road and India hardly a seamers' paradise either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noble One View Post
    Stupid question given Compton is an opener; how does he go against good pace bowling? Technical issues that Pattinson and Siddle are likely to expose?

    Most of my viewing has been Compton facing up to Ashwin and Ojha.
    The worry is that he doesn't open for his county. The selectors picked him to replace Strauss here because of volume of runs and opening in the SC isn't the same as opening elsewhere.


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    I haven't seen Compton bat much in England, but according to Tres, he's better against pace than spin. A good series in NZ will bookmark him for the Ashes IMO.

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    when is the Ashes supposed to take place btw?
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    oh so when are the 2013 Ashes supposed to take place then?
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    Start on July 10th, England will have retained the urn by August 5th.

    Aussie series starts on 21st November.

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    We want Hughes, Quiney and Johnson.

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    On the Compton issue, I think he's shown enough in the Indian series to suggest he's worth persevering with against New Zealand on pitches he may be more familiar with. In his most recent innings my initial concern was that while he was looking solid I wondered whether he had sufficient scoring options in order to get the board ticking. It wasn't necessarily vital as Cook was playing as fluently as he ever has, so I guess Compton was content to consolidate the partnership and wait patiently for his scoring opportunities. So in that respect his temperament looks good, as his innings progressed he did start to work the ball better and both he and Cook began to get that understanding in their running and picked mainly on the fielder at mid off and mid on.

    He will need a decent performance in Nagpur to strengthen his case, but I'd be surprised if he wasn't given a chance in New Zealand. He looks organised and is a serious athlete, he just needs that big innings in the next few Tests and I think he'll be in. Don't see the fact he bats at three for Somerset as an issue, the step up to open should not be a big change for him.
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