Nick Compton finally has reasons to smile. A slow 64 on the final day of the warm-up tie against Mumbai 'A' on Monday put him in contention to open with skipper Alastair Cook in the first Test in Ahmedabad.
But as expected, the match ended in a tame draw. The hosts caved in on Monday to concede a 59-run first innings lead.
Compton, who had flopped in his two previous innings, said it took time to adapt to the conditions.
"I got my balance back and the feet got moving. Earlier, my feet weren't moving that well and I got caught out, but that can happen. We've had six-seven weeks off in England and then we came here. You just have to switch on quickly," he said.
England now travel to Ahmedabad where they face Haryana in their final four-day tie from November 8.
Brief scores: England 345/9d and 149/2 (Nick Compton 64*) vs Mumbai 'A' 286 (Hiken Shah 92, Samit Patel 3/44, Monty Panesar 3/64).