One man however, has quietly gone about his business in county cricket, and is now surely playing his way into the selectors thoughts – Nick Compton.
|Compton could join W.G Grace and Greame Hick in the 1000 runs club.|
Although having not yet played for the England senior team, Compton is clearly in the mix for selection having been picked to play for England Lions earlier this summer against West Indies. This has often been used as a breeding ground for English players in the past, and should Compton continue to build on his impressive start in LVCC1 this season, he could just be the man England are striving for to come into their middle-order.
Whilst it is hard to find faults with the case for more recognition of Compton, there is one cause for a grain of doubt which might be entering the selectors minds. The right-hander’s upturn in form has coincided with his move to Somerset, who play their cricket at Taunton. It is sometimes lazily suggested that runs are easy to come by at the ground; the term ‘batting paradise’ is often slumped into the same sentence as the word ‘Taunton’. This argument struggles to stand its ground however, especially as half of Somerset’s matches are of course played away from home. Besides, playing for Somerset didn’t do Marcus Trescothik’s international prospects any arm, did it?
One thing is certain; there are more positives than negatives about Nick Compton. Should he replicate his early season form for the remainder of the county cricket year, he will be thrusting himself into the midst of a puzzling headache for the England selectors. As was alluded to earlier, there are number of batsmen in contention for a middle-order spot which is very much up for grabs in the England team. Stats alone would suggest Compton is the man for the job, but the added bowling abilities of other players like Ravi Bopara could be a decisive factor in selection.
It will be fascinating to see if Nick Compton goes on to represent his country at senior level, 75 years after his grandfather made his own test debut.