Compton may fill the opening slot in England's test team

Published: 06th November 2012 02:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th November 2012 02:21 PM   |  A+A-


Uncapped opener Nick Compton scored an unbeaten 64 to lead the visiting England side to 149-2 in its second innings as the three-day practice game against Mumbai "A'' ended in a draw Monday.

Compton struck six fours in 164 balls. Jonathon Trott (30) and Ian Bell (28 not out) were also among the runs after left-arm spinners Samit Patel and Monty Panesar finished with three wickets each to restrict the home side to 286 in reply to England XI's 345-9 declared in the first innings.

Compton could fill the opening slot in England's test team vacated by former captain Andrew Strauss' retirement when the four-match series against India starts on Nov. 15

Patel took 3-44 and Panesar 3-64 after Mumbai A resumed the day on 232-4.

Graham Onions had overnight batsman Hiken Shah caught behind for 92.

Stuart Broad, who was captain with regular skipper Alastair Cook being rested, did not bowl on the final day because of an injured heel he hurt on Sunday. Broad has undergone scans but the extent of the problem will only be established in the next few days.

Broad is the second England player to be injured after Steve Finn strained his thigh during the side's opening tour game against India "A''. Stuart Meaker was called up as cover for Finn.

England plays Haryana in a four-day game at Ahmedabad from Thursday before the test series commences in the same city.

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