New Zealand v England: Alastair Cook has belief in Nick Compton

England captain Alastair Cook has given fellow opener Nick Compton a vote of confidence going into the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Compton averages 34.66 after his only Test series so far and, despite doubts over his place against the Kiwis, Cook has faith in the 29-year-old.

“I’d just love to see him get in and get that one big score which will get him up and running,” said Cook, 28.

“He’s definitely got the class to do that at international level.”

Compton has replaced the retired Andrew Strauss as Cook’s partner at the top of the order and the Somerset batsman’s top score in eight innings in the recent Test series victory in India was 57.

However, he did figure in stands of 123, 66, an unbroken 58, and 165 with his captain, and showed he could occupy the crease for long periods, with his 57 taking three and a half hours to compile. Read more
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