JOE Root and Nick Compton will get one more opportunity to convince the management that they are the one to partner Alastair Cook in the First Test against India on November 15.
Neither has really made a compelling case over the other with Root dismissed for 24 yesterday as England’s game with Mumbai A was drawn.
Having dismissed the hosts, who resumed on 232-4, for 286, the way was open for Root and Compton to enhance their chances.
The Sheffield youngster - who took a wicket on Sunday - began more confidently and easily outscored Compton.
However, having made 24 - four less than his first innings score - Root was out lbw offering no stroke to an inswinger in the opening over of first-change seamer Shardul Thakur.
Compton - whose two previous scores had been 0 and 1 - opted for safety-first tactics and he crawled to 33 off 98 balls by tea, finally batting for some three and a half hours to end unbeaten on 68 as England ended on 149-2.
At one point, Compton and Jonathan Trott scored just 21 runs off 12 overs.
Trott made 30 whilst Ian Bell at least got some batting under his belt with 28 not out in an hour.
The concern over vice-captain Stuart Broad’s heel eased when a scan revealed only bruising. He led the team in the field but did not bowl.