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Nick Compton backed by Trevor Bayliss to anchor England’s top order

• Coach has reassured batsman he is not under pressure to alter his approach
• Compton looking to make runs in fourth Test to further claim on No3 spot

Nick Compton has been assured by Trevor Bayliss that his naturally watchful approach to Test batting remains best after the England head coach, speaking earlier in the tour of South Africa, expressed a desire for two of the top three in his lineup to be attacking.

Compton’s main contribution to England’s series victory came in the first Test in Durban, with 350 of the 629 runs scored by Alastair Cook’s side coming during the nine hours and 15 minutes he spent at the crease patiently accumulating scores of 85 and 49.

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