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Ball hit my gloves: Compton on his lbw

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Dec 06, 2012 at 06:11pm IST

Kolkata: England opener Nick Compton, who was adjudged leg before wicket by umpire Rod Tucker on Thursday, claimed that the ball had brushed his gloves before hitting the pads. "I am a bit disappointed. The ball had actually hit my gloves before hitting the pads," Compton, who posted his maiden Test fifty, told mediapersons after day two of the third Test against India at the Eden Gardens here.

He, however, defended the Australian umpire saying it was difficult for Tucker to judge. "It was really difficult for the umpire to judge whether the ball had hit my glove from that angle," added Compton.

While trying to paddle-sweep left armer Pragyan Ojha, Compton was adjudged leg before by Tucker who initially nodded his head in the negative before raising his finger.

The ball hit my gloves: Compton on his lbw

He, however, defended the Australian umpire saying it was difficult for Rod Tucker to judge.

Compton also described the feeling of opening the batting with Alastair Cook as an "amazing one" and said that the England skipper helps him "chill out" there in the middle.

"Standing up there today and looking at the board and the stats that Cook is the youngest to put 7000 runs, it was quite an amazing moment! I was batting with this guy, the all-time leading century-maker for England," Compton couldn't stop praising his opening partner.

Compton says that Cook has a very clear head and knows what exactly he's doing. "I would say he's very clear. He seems to know exactly what he's doing and what he wants to do. For me, it's easy to chill out there at the other end. It becomes a big difference when you have a player of Cook's calibre."

The grandson of legendary Dennis Compton complimented Cook for his fantastic temperament. "Being very unflappable is probably a good way to describe him [Cook]. He's tough. I've really enjoyed the time I spent out there," Compton said.

"He's quite an easy guy to get used to. He keeps things very simple. It's just a good way to get to know someone by getting there in the middle. You can't be closer to someone really in the heat of the battle. I really enjoyed that."

Compton says that Cook is only 27 and his achievements speak for him. "He's still young. A lot of players get there at my age probably at 28-29 but he's still very young at 27. It speaks volumes about him."

Compton defended stoutly and faced 137 balls for his 57 and stitched a 165-run first-wicket partnership with skipper Alastair Cook, who was unbeaten on 136 at stumps.

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