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‘Alastair gives us confidence’

Calcutta: Nick Compton paid rich compliments to Alastair Cook on Thursday. The England captain scored his 23rd Test century, at the Eden, and was involved in a 165-run opening stand with Compton.

“He seems to be very clear in his gameplan… Confident as well... Some of the shots he played over the top, the six, are not originally a mark of his game, but I think he has brought his game to another level, showing that array of shots,” Compton said of Cook at the end of the day.

“To be out there, it gives other players a lot of confidence because he is so solid... You know he is not going to give his wicket away… He is in prime form. So, if you there with him, you are doing a good job.

“Standing out there and looking at the scoreboard, I was thinking here is a guy who is the youngest to get to 7,000 runs. It was quite an amazing moment.

“It speaks volumes of him… His age, his longevity, and the fact that he has been able to do that from a young age is phenomenal… And he is still a young player.

“To bat with him is something like batting with (Marcus) Trescothick at Somerset, although they are clearly different players. You see just how clinical they are with every delivery... Every ball is played in a similar fashion, same movement,” Compton explained.

Compton described Cook’s ways as unflappable and felt it was a great experience to partner him. “I think he is tough... Unflappable is a very good way to describe him. I feel like I have got a really good bond with him even if it’s not much is being said in between balls. We are both in it together. I really enjoyed the time I have been out there. He keeps things quite simple.

“You almost know what he was going to do… Play forward or a sweep shot. That’s the mark of a great player, doing simple things very very well for a long period of time… Looking at how their bowlers were grounded, it gave me a lot of confidence.”

Compton said the team was satisfied with the performance. “It’s important to stick to your own game plan, trying to spend time out there... Get used to the conditions.”