Stewart praises centurion Root over Compton for `star quality`

Updated: May 27, 2013, 20:14 PM IST

London: Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart has praised right-handed batsman Joe Root for his maiden Test hundred at Headingley, saying he batted like a mature and experienced player, unlike Nick Compton who has not gone past 16 in his last five innings despite scoring hundreds in the first two Tests during England`s tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

Root`s 104 came in his sixth Test, and was the first debut ton by a Yorkshireman at Headingley in Leeds, The Mirror reports.

Stewart acknowledged Root`s star quality and backed his progress, and also said he is likely to be promoted to his favoured position at the top of the order in place of Compton.