Nick Compton delivered another timely reminder to England’s test selectors that he is the man to fill the void left by Andrew Strauss, after hitting an unbeaten 54 in the tourist’s final warm-up match.
The 29-year-old has successfully got back on track following a shaky start to his international career after scoring just one run in his first couple of innings in the converted opening slot, but has since gone on to register 192 runs in his three subsequent spells at the crease to leave him firmly in charge in the race to partner Alastair Cook for Thursday’s first test against India.
Compton’s latest score against Haryana should be enough to see him finally make his test bow in Ahmedabad, and would cap a fine year for the South African born batsman after he became the earliest batsman to reach 1,000 first class runs by the start of June for 24 years whilst playing for Somerset in the County Championship.
If as expected Compton does make his debut on Thursday, he will follow in the footsteps of his legendary grandfather, Denis Compton, who played 78 tests for England in the early twentieth century and also played football for Arsenal.
Surrey pace man, Stuart Meaker, is another uncapped player who may be in line for a first test start for his country at some point during this tour, and he says that Compton’s ability should see him thrive on the international stage:
“He’s a very gifted batsman, and the runs speak for themselves in the County Championship and out here,” he said.
“I think he’ll do well for himself. But only he can decide how well he does in that first couple of games.
“I’m really pleased for him that he’s going to be given that chance to prove himself.”
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