England coach’s boost for Root

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England’s coach Andy Flower is digesting the evidence of Joe Root’s first two innings alongside Alastair Cook at the top of the order, and reports of Nick Compton’s continued good form against Australia at Worcester as the first Ashes Test looms.

There was also the reassurance that, after the temporary anxiety over Graeme Swann’s blow to his bowling arm while batting in the first innings and Stuart Broad’s cortisone injection on his right shoulder, both are expected to be fit for selection in Nottingham next week.

It was hard to glean from Flower’s post-match remarks whether or not he was leaning towards a rethink about his Trent Bridge personnel.

Asked about Root after the young Yorkshireman’s 41 and 26, he said: “He did well.

“He’s good a young cricketer, and I’m sure he’ll be fine.

“We’ve not finalised our squad yet, but I’m sure he will continue his success in international cricket.”

As for Nick Compton, dropped for the match against Essex after running out of runs in England’s two-match series against New Zealand in May, Flower added: “It’s nice to see and a good reaction, nice to get an extra first-class match into him.

“It’s a really good reaction to get runs consistently, and shows he’s a good tough fighter.”

It does not seem as if it will be enough to put Compton back in the reckoning to open in the Ashes, though.“There are no guarantees,” said Flower.

England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has signed a new contract with Yorkshire. The 28-year-old, who scored 105 not out to help England beat Essex, is now tied to Yorkshire until December 2016.