Compton cameo proves inconclusive

Congleton Guardian: Nick Compton made 21 off 12 testing overs as he opened the batting Nick Compton made 21 off 12 testing overs as he opened the batting

England made their intention clear that Nick Compton will continue as Alastair Cook's Test opening partner, but could have done with a few more runs from him to vindicate their decision.

Compton (21) came through 12 testing overs against the new ball after England had been put in by a New Zealand XI at the start of the four-day match at the Queenstown Events Centre ground.

But he got no further before becoming the first of three wickets for first-change Jimmy Neesham, and instead it was down principally to Cook (60) to underpin England's teatime 195 for four.

Compton departed five runs short of a sixth 50 stand in 10 attempts with Cook since they began their partnership in India three-and-a-half months ago.

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