Monday, March 25, 2013

Compton still Competing for Ashes Spot

Despite scoring back-to-back Test match centuries, England batsman Nick Compton has played down talk he has cemented his place in the team for this summer’s Ashes series.

The 29-year old has burst on the international scene during England’s tour of New Zealand, scoring his maiden Test match century in the first drawn game in Dunedin before adding his second in the washed out second match in Wellington.

While only a few months ago it had been Compton whose place in the team appeared least secure, the Somerset batsman has now made it virtually impossible for the selectors to leave him out for the return Test series against the Kiwis at the beginning of the English summer, with the first of back-to-back Ashes series soon after.

Despite it appearing as though he is in the driving seat to face the Aussies this summer, Compton has admitted he still has plenty to prove if he is to fulfil his dream of representing England in an Ashes series.

"I've done well, but do I feel established? No, I still feel a long way off. I think it's great to be a part of this team and contributing but it's still early days. It's my second series,” maintained Compton.

"I've dreamed about the Ashes since I was a little boy. It's something that now feels a bit more tangible but it's not something I'm thinking about at the moment.”

There certainly isn’t a shortage of young batsmen coming through the ranks, but the Joe Roots, Jonny Bairstows and Jos Butlers of this England squad will have to wait for their next chance in the team. Compton has definitely done enough with his chance to warrant keeping his place for the foreseeable future.

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