Nick Compton: Maiden Test century for England 'something special'
Nick Compton was both proud and relieved after the maiden Test century which has surely cemented his role an Ashes opener this summer.
The 29-year-old Somerset batsmen marked his fifth Test with a breakthrough innings, consolidation of his hard work in India before Christmas, as he and Alastair Cook shared a record stand of 231 in the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Both made hundreds, the captain his 24th, to help right the wrongs of England’s first innings and earn a draw for the tourists.
Compton, grandson of England great Denis, had many reasons for satisfaction as he upheld a famous family tradition and vindicated the faith of Cook and coach Andy Flower.
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Compton’s eventual score of 117, one half of England’s highest-ever opening stand against the Kiwis, was proof to himself that he is after all cut out for Test cricket.
“It’s the biggest relief of my life. To get to this moment was something special,” said Compton, who was watched and later richly congratulated by his father Richard.
Asked if he felt nervous over those final 10 runs, he said: “Yes ... definitely. I was holding back emotions as much as I could.
“I managed to rein myself in ... tried to hold my nerve.”