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Compton finds it hard to believe

England opener Nick Compton admitted he found it hard to believe he had made a Test century for his country on day four against New Zealand.

Compton reached the milestone in the first Test in Dunedin.

The Somerset batsman has been chosen to partner England captain Alastair Cook ahead of an Ashes summer and until reaching a century on Saturday, he had been under the spotlight over his inclusion against Australia later in the year.

But his 102 not out in an England second innings total of 234 for one more than answered his critics.

With England still trailing New Zealand by 59 after a poor first-innings showing, there is still work to do on the final day but Compton was able to look back on a successful fourth day when Cook claimed his 24th Test century with a composed 116.

"I never thought I'd actually be standing here with a hundred to my name these last couple of years," Compton told Sky Sports 1.

Compton had taken his time over getting to his hundred with a couple of risky runs taken while in the 90s.

He said: "There was a part of me that wanted to get on with it. It was good that I could keep calm."

England had been bowled out for 167 and then toiled as the home side reached 460 for nine declared.

Compton said of the first innings: "We were poor.

There's not much else to say really. Everyone was poor and not on the game.

"I think it was just a case of a bit of a kick up the proverbial and get on with it.2