The opening batsman of the England test team, Nick Compton, has said that he is relieved after scoring a hundred in England’s second innings of the first test match against New Zealand.
In the first innings of that match, Compton had got out without scoring any run. He had not scored too many runs in the test series against India as well. So, he was under tremendous pressure when he came out to bat in the second innings. But, Compton kept his cool and delivered under pressure.
It was a fine knock by Compton. The pitch was a flat one and the conditions were also not overcast when the English openers walked onto the park in the second innings. But, even after that, they were under pressure just because the England team was trailed by a huge margin of 293 runs. But, both the England openers showed their class in the second innings and put up a 200-run stand for the first wicket.
Compton was a bit cautious at the start and he left a lot of deliveries in the first few overs. But, after getting his eye in, he played some glorious strokes. He played his shots all around the park and proved that his coach and captain were right to give him another chance to open the innings.
Compton completed his first test hundred in 259 deliveries with the help of 10 fours. At the end of the 4th day’s play, he was not out on 102.
Talking to the reporters in the press conference after the end of the day’s play, Compton said, “I was really nervous when I was going out to bat. But, now, I am a relieved man. It was really a special knock.”
“Cookie guided me and kept telling me not to lose the focus. He was certainly a great help.”