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Joe Root lives by the sword but Nick Compton fails again as England’s shield | Vic Marks

Both Root and Compton struggled at Headingley but while the former returned with a masterful 80 the latter was bogged down by his self-fulfilling prophecy

Joe Root and Nick Compton have more in common than you might expect. Both made their Test debuts in India in 2012, Compton in Ahmedabad in November, Root in Nagpur in December when a memorable series victory was achieved. Both have been dropped once by England, though in Root’s case the exile was for only one Test; for Compton the ostracism lasted two and a half years. Hence Root is now playing his 41st Test, Compton his 15th.

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