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Half-century pleases Compton

England opener Nick Compton reflected with pride on his half-century in the third Test against India in Kolkata.

The tourists continued to prove their second Test success was no fluke as they applied a stranglehold on the second day - moving to within 100 runs of India with nine first-innings wickets still in hand.

Captain and fellow opening bat Alastair Cook grabbed the headlines as he became England's leading century-maker, but Compton played a crucial role by providing support before being trapped in front by Pragyan Ojha for 57.

After his first Test fifty, the Somerset star told Sky Sports 1: "It was nice to get there and support the captain like I did.

"To put on 160-odd with the captain and get that score up front is great and it's looking good at the moment.

"The more time you spend out there the easier it gets, I've tried to work on that and obviously Alastair does that very well. It does get easier, especially in these conditions because the wicket's quite slow and you get used to the pace of the ball."

Compton appeared frustrated by the manner of his dismissal, seeming to suggest to umpire Rod Tucker that he had connected with glove before the ball struck his pad.

He added: "It's one of those things. It brushed my glove but that's very tough for the umpire to call.

"The first thing is to get to their score. Once we get to their score, the runs become a bonus but we need a substantial lead again because the wicket is quite good."