Compton set to retain his place as opener against New Zealand

ENGLAND coach Andy Flower has hinted opening batsman Nick Compton is set retain his place at the top of the order alongside Alastair Cook in the first Test against New Zealand, which begins on Wednesday.

Joe Root, who opens the batting for County side Yorkshire, has shone in the limited-overs matches with two half-centuries in three one day internationals.

But Flower insists 22-year-old Root will not be promoted at the expense of Compton, despite the Middlesex man’s indifferent form in the last Test series in India where he averaged 34.66 runs per innings.

“I’m not going to confirm selection here but we’re pretty clear about what our team is and I don’t think there will be hours of debate in our dressing room about it,” said Flower.

“Nick Compton did a really good job in India in tough conditions and often opening against spin.

“Root is an option as an opener and he’s had a really good start to his international career, but it’s only a start. I think everyone should just calm down a bit about his prospects.”