KEVIN Pietersen helped himself to a century in England’s final warm-up game ahead of the First Test in India as Joe Root looked to be edged out by Nick Compton for the vacant opener’s spot.
Compton and Root have been striving to make the bigger impression in the bid to walk out alongside captain Alastair Cook in Ahmedebad next Thursday and it appears Compton has moved in front after making 74.
Root, who has had scores of 24 and 28, isn’t playing in this game against Haryana and Compton, after a half-century in the previous game, staked his claim with his two and a half hour innings.
He put on 166 with skipper Cook who made 97 against a moderate attack.
Jonathan Trott hit 46 but it was Pietersen who dominated the day with his 110 before retiring.
He hit 16 fours and struck three 6s.
Ian Bell, who had a slow start to the tour, got in two valuable hours batting and made an unbeaten 57 as England ended day one of the four day game on 408-3.
Neither Steve Finn nor Stuart Broad played whilst Graeme Swann has flown back to England after his baby daughter was taken ill.
The management say he can take as much time away with his family as necessary but Swann said he hopes that he’ll be able to return in time for the First Test.
Stuart Meaker is playing in the current match after being asked to fly out following Broad’s bruised heel.