Since the somewhat controversial selection of Joe Root as Alastair Cook's opening partner for the Ashes over a perplexed Nick Compton.

The Sheffield-born batsmen was under pressure to perform in the toughest of test arenas and prove the selectors right.

Having failed in his previous three innings and with the Aussie's seemingly worked out that Root is a predominately back foot player; Root had much to prove as he walked to the crease late on Friday evening with Cook. 

That pressure increased as he looked from the other end with England reeling on 30-3 and the focus on him to add to England's lead imperative.

Twenty-four hours later and he walked off the Lord's ground to a standing ovation having amassed 178 runs not out and pummelled the dejected Australian attack into the ground.

Before the third day's play; questions were already being asked whether it was too early to put a 22-year-old in the firing line in an Ashes series and that Compton may have been a safe bet at the top of the order after all. 

Compton himself was shocked that he was left out only after recently scoring back-to-back hundreds in New Zealand; somewhat harsh for the Somerset batsmen but here was a young, happy go lucky lad who’s shown every minute of playing for his country to be an enormous pleasure.

Maybe there's something in his attitude towards the game that has helped him win over the selectors and fans alike. 

He looks so young but the innings of 180, finally getting out playing an audacious ramp shot was testament to a player who is mature beyond his years.

As Root waved his bat to all parts of the ground on Sunday morning he smiled with a huge grin. And so were the selectors watching on.


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