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Nick Compton wants England to sustain the momentum

Nick Compton wants England to sustain the momentum
Nick Compton has not scored a fifty in the last four Tests for England.
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England batsman Nick Compton wants his team to build on their win in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley by securing a victory in the second game in Durham.

With the exception of the batting performance of the top order, England ticked all the boxes in their innings-and-88-run victory against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

Fortunately for England, the poor performance of the top order was compensated by two excellent knocks from Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow.

Hales scored a patient 86 while Bairstow took home the man-of-the-match award for scoring a 183-ball 140 which was laced with 13 boundaries and a six.

After England were bowled out for 298, James Anderson and Stuart Broad wreaked havoc in the overcast conditions and bowled Sri Lanka out for 91 runs in the first innings.

Following on, Sri Lanka were able to score just 119 runs and succumbed to a massive innings defeat as Anderson went on to take 10 wickets in the match.

Stating that it was fantastic to win the first Test in just three days, Compton wants England to push further and gain more momentum.

"We’ve got to build on the first Test," Compton told Sky Sports News HQ.

"It was great to be part of that win - to win a Test in three days is fantastic."

Individually, Compton did not have an ideal game with the bat after he was dismissed for a three-ball duck by the debutant Dasun Shanaka.

Brushing off the poor show in the first Test, Compton is looking forward to score runs in the upcoming matches and he is confident of his preparation.

"It would have been nice to score some runs in the first Test but there’s been some quality preparation and that’s where my focus is, so when I get my chance I’m really on it."

Though England have secured a massive win at the start of the series and have momentum on their hands, Compton warned the team against complacency.

"I think we’re a team that feels confident but realise we’ve got another Test on our hands - and every Test is tough."

For the inexperienced Sri Lankan batting line-up, negotiating the swing and accuracy of Anderson and Broad was quite a challenge.

The Middlesex batsman admits that even the England batsmen would find it tough to do well against Broad and Anderson when they are at their best in home conditions.

"I think the English batsmen, facing Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson in these conditions, would find them pretty tough.

"We’ve got home advantage, they (Sri Lanka) are going to want to adjust and look at some of the replays of the conditions at Headingley and build on it.

"They’re a young team."

With a series win on the horizon, England will look to secure a win in the second Test match at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, which gets underway on 27th May.

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