Marcus Trescothick unsurprisingly came out this week saying that the dropping of Nick Compton was "harsh." 

Many would agree.

Compton, who scored 81 from 144 balls against Australia this week, will certainly feel aggrieved. National selector Geoff Miller may yet have to eat his words and re-select Compton, but having made the decision to go with Joe Root they should stick with it.  

Firstly, the England selectors have uncharacteristically made a bold move.

Cricket fans watching the national team under the Flower regime won't have failed to notice an omnipresent conservatism. 

It has largely served them well on the field, ensuring draws at a minimum. But England must win more. Compton being an unhurried batsman at the very least reduces the time available in the game. 

Opening alongside Cook, he made the captain look the aggressor, constantly agitating to up the run-rate. Cook scored his customary century in the recent test series, but it was noticeable the way in which he left far fewer balls and his dismissals were often uncharacteristic. 

Root, in contrast, scores runs freely, looking to get bat on ball and rotate the strike at every opportunity. This will ease the pressure on Cook somewhat.

At Lords, Root's mature 71 demonstrated an ability to bat under pressure, something we saw on debut in the sub-continent. 

Those who have questioned his aptitude against the new ball need only look at his county championship performances. 

Opening for Yorkshire this season he scored 182 and 236, against Durham and Derbyshire respectively. 

The 22-year-old plays the ball late, scoring many of his runs off the back foot, which will reap rewards on the hard pitches down under. 

The experience of a home Ashes series will stand him in good stead for the reverse series and will no doubt prove an invaluable stage in his development as an international batsman.

The added bonus of omitting Compton (Pietersen's fitness permitting) is that the middle-order is freed up by Root's promotion. 

Jonny Bairstow, after an excellent showing at Lords in last summer's test series against South Africa, deserves a crack at the Ashes. He struggled against the spin in India, but after playing reasonably well in the tests against New Zealand he is in the right sort of form to punish a toothless Australian attack. 

With Root at the top of the order and the class of Pietersen returning to the middle order, the weather is surely the only obstacle to a 5-0 series whitewash.


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