England captain Alastair Cook insists Nick Compton and Joe Root will both get the opportunity to press their claims for a Test berth in the upcoming two warm-up games on the tour of India.
With skipper Cook taking a break after hitting a century in the opener against India A, Compton and Root will open the batting together against Mumbai A.
Yet while the two will be looking to help the tourists pile on the runs at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, they could also be fighting it out for just one spot in the final Test XI.
Andrew Strauss' retirement means there is an opening berth to be filled, although England could also opt to push either Jonathan Trott or Ian Bell up the order.
"This game and the next game we will decide," Cook said on the eve of the game against Mumbai A.
"It's a cut-throat business. You're trying to pick the best player to do it, and they've both got an opportunity to score runs and push their claim.
"So that's what it is. I think they both know the situation."
Compton had the chance to steal a march on his potential rival, but failed to trouble the scorers before edging an outswinger behind against India's second string.
But while the Somerset batsman, who enjoyed a stellar domestic season back in England, does have experience on his side, Cook insists age won't make a difference when it comes to picking who plays.
"He wouldn't be in the squad if we didn't think he was ready to play," Cook said on young Yorkshireman Root. "They're at different stages of their career.
"One's far more experienced and has got more runs behind him; the other one's a lot younger and has impressed everyone at every stage of his career."
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