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Compton fails for England
Nick Compton endured a false start to his prospective England career, with a third-ball duck against India A at the Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday morning.
Twenty-nine-year-old Compton, grandson of the great Denis, is being pencilled in by many as likely replacement for the retired Andrew Strauss as new England Test captain Alastair Cook's opening partner on this tour.
But he will first need a substantial innings or two under his belt before the opening Test in Ahmedabad on November 15 - and he got no such thing as England replied to their hosts' 369 all out.
Compton left his first two deliveries from Ashok Dinda, the second notably close to off-stump, and was persuaded to push defensively forward at the third only to edge behind to Wriddiman Saha.
Cook and Jonathan Trott (48no) were then in no particular hurry as they sought to avoid any more early dramas, and reattune themselves to requirements in their first innings for eight weeks.
By lunch, the second-wicket pair took the total to 79 for one in 25 overs - leaving Kevin Pietersen to wait a little longer for his much-anticipated first England innings since his summer of discontent and breakdown of relations with management and team-mates.
James Anderson had done his best to hasten that moment, by giving England the perfect start to day two of three when he had R Vinay Kumar lbw with an inswinger first ball to end the India A innings without addition.