Nick Compton

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Nick Compton
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Personal information
Full name Nicholas Richard Denis Compton
Born (1983-06-26) 26 June 1983 (age 31)
Durban, Natal Province, South Africa
Nickname Compo[1]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
Relations DCS Compton (grandfather)
LH Compton (grand-uncle)
RCD Compton (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 654) 15 November 2012 v India
Last Test 24 May 2013 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2009 Middlesex
2007 MCC
2010– Somerset (squad no. 3)
2010 Mashonaland Eagles
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 9 139 109 78
Runs scored 479 9,163 3,016 1,191
Batting average 31.93 43.84 37.70 20.18
100s/50s 2/1 22/44 6/19 0/6
Top score 117 254* 131 74
Balls bowled 170 61
Wickets 3 1
Bowling average 74.33 53.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/1 1/0
Catches/stumpings 4/– 71/– 45/– 29/–
Source: CricketArchive, 26 September 2014

Nicholas Richard Denis Compton (born 26 June 1983) is a South African-born English cricketer. The grandson of Denis Compton, he plays first-class cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club, and has represented England in 9 Test matches.[1] A right-handed top order batsman and occasional right-arm off spin bowler, he made his List-A debut for Middlesex in 2001 and made his first-class debut three years later. A move to Somerset in 2010 saw Compton establish himself as a consistent scorer in a strong top order and following a prolific domestic season he made his England Test debut against India in November 2012.[1] In April 2013, the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack named Compton as one of their five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.[2]

Early years and personal life[edit]

Compton was born and raised in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa the son of former first-class cricketer Richard Compton and Zimbabwean mother Glynis who had backgrounds in public relations and journalism.[2] Compton was immersed in cricket from an early age: he is the grandson of English test cricketer and Arsenal footballer Denis Compton and the great-nephew of established first-class cricketer and fellow Arsenal footballer Leslie Compton. Compton's father Richard Compton and uncle Patrick Compton both played first-class cricket for Natal in South Africa. Compton moved to England while in his teens and attended Harrow School on a sports scholarship scheme where he was mentored by housemaster David Elleray.[3] Compton impressed with a hatful of centuries for the school playing as captain and was prolific during the 2000 season for Middlesex's Under-19 side.[4] Having only just turned 18, Compton played for an ECB Schools side against West Indies Under-19s in three matches playing as an opening batsman, top scoring for the side in the third match with 74.[5] A month later, he represented England Under-18s during the same tour, on this occasion scoring 42 playing at number three.[6] Compton began a social science degree at Durham University, but a persistent groin problem, which eventually led to surgery, curtailed his cricket; meant he never completed the course.[2]

Compton was in a relationship with the eldest daughter of Earl Spencer and niece of Princess Diana, Kitty Spencer.[7]

First class career[edit]

Compton's batting statistics with Middlesex
  Matches Runs Average 100/50 Highest score
First-class[8] 51 2,834 34.14 8/11 190
List A[9] 53 1,429 40.82 4/5 131
Twenty20[10] 29 252 11.45 0/1 50*

Upon completing his A levels at Harrow in June 2001, Compton joined Middlesex on a summer contract, and entered into the record books in his debut Second XI Championship match, Compton was the last of five batsman out in six balls bowled by Glamorgan paceman Alex Wharf.[4] Compton made his Middlesex first-team debut in the Norwich Union League at the end of the 2001 season, batting at six he scored just 6 runs from 9 deliveries in a 40 run defeat by Glamorgan.[11] His promising performances for Middlesex's Under-19s and Second XI led him to receive the NBC Denis Compton Award, named after his grandfather, awarded to the most promising Middlesex player for 2001.[12] The following winter, he was selected for the England Under-19s squad to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in January and February 2002.[13] Compton played in five of England's six matches as they reached the second group stage, Compton scoring 133 runs with one 50 at an average of 23.[14]

In July 2002, Compton made his U19 Test match debut against India, but made a total of just six runs from his two innings opening the batting.[15] He had to wait until August for his next first-team appearance where he played four further Norwich Union League, impressing in reaching his maiden one day half-century with an 86 not out against Lancashire.[16] His promise saw him awarded Middlesex's NBC Denis Compton award for the second consecutive year.[12] Compton did not play at all for the Middlesex first team during the 2003 season due to injury and made his first-class debut against Cambridge University Centre of Cricketing Excellence in May 2004,[17] Compton played a further three matches in the County Championship that season, in addition to ten one day matches and his Twenty20 debut. He only played in one first-class match in 2005 but scored his debut half-century in the match against Cambridge UCCE.

He established himself in 2006, with a string of strong scores, including six centuries, and was award a county cap by the Middlesex in that season. His breakthrough season saw him score 1,315 runs at an average of 46.96, topping Middlesex's first-class runs charts, with his highest score of 190 coming in the County Championship match against Durham in July helping Middlesex to draw the match after being forced to follow-on.[18] This breakthrough saw Compton awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award for a third time in 2006.[12] Compton's good form saw him selected to tour with the England A team in Bangladesh in 2006-07.[19] His highest score in a first-class match was 92 against Bangladesh A as he topped the England A averages with 140 runs at 46.66, though he did hit 152* in one of the minor tour matches.[20]

Later Middlesex career[edit]

The 2007 season saw a dip in form for Compton scoring less than 400 runs in first-class cricket with just three fifties, including featuring for the MCC against County Champions Sussex. Although his one day form improved with his first List A century in the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy against Sussex in June 2007, scoring 110 not out.[21] During the 2008 season Compton only played five first-class matches scoring just 68 runs at an average of 8.50, thus the 2009 season was a marked improvement top scoring in first-class cricket for Middlesex with 860 runs including two centuries and three half-centuries. In one-day cricket Compton was in fine form with three centuries and 694 runs at an average of 77.11,[22] and a highest score of 131 against Kent.[23] Compton rejected an improved two-year contract with Middlesex acting on a verbal agreement with Angus Fraser, Middlesex's managing director of cricket, when he signed a new contract a year ago, that he would be free to move on if he wished at the end of the season.[3]

Move to Somerset[edit]

Compton training prior to a CB40 match against Worcestershire.
Compton's batting statistics with Somerset
  Matches Runs Average 100/50 Highest score
First-class[8] 67 5,140 55.87 11/28 254*
List A[9] 50 1,287 32.17 1/12 104
Twenty20[10] 43 706 22.77 0/2 74

Having left Middlesex because he wanted a fresh challenge, Compton subsequently signed for Somerset on a multi-year contract,[3] where he was expected to bat in the top three.[24] Compton enjoyed a moderately successful first season in 2010 for Somerset, in first-class cricket only scoring 465 runs but in one day cricket Compton scored six fifties helping Somerset to the 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 final against Warwickshire and recorded his highest score of 74 in Twenty20 cricket.[25]

Compton spent the first half of the 2010-11 season with Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe, impressing in all forms of cricket scoring 209 runs in three first-class matches at an average of 41.80,[8] scoring 204 runs in three one day matches at an average of 102,[9] and scoring three fifties in six Twenty20 matches including matching his highest score of 74.[10]

He started the 2011 season well for Somerset with a one-day century in the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 century against the Unicorns on 1 May 2011,[26] and just over a week later scored his first ever double century in first-class cricket with 254* against Durham.[27] Compton's first-class form continued with him scoring 1,098 runs at an average of 57.78 and being awarded his county cap for Somerset. The end of the season saw Compton helping Somerset against the odds to the semi-final of the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 in India.[28]

With the earliest-ever start to a first-class cricket season, Compton took advantage by scoring 236 against Cardiff MCCU on 1/2 April 2012. This was the second earliest double-century in English cricket (after James Hildreth), and Compton's partnership of 450 with Hildreth for the second wicket set a new first-class record for Somerset.[29] Compton's good form continued with a second double-century against Nottinghamshire and having amassed 685 runs by the 27 April, with this weight of runs earning him a recall to the England Lions for the tour match against the West Indies.[30][31] Compton only scored 21 runs for the Lions but still appeared to be within range of becoming the first batsman to reach 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May for 25 years, before a washout on the second afternoon of Somerset's match against Worcestershire left him stranded on 950 runs.[32] He nevertheless reached the landmark with a century the next day to become the earliest batsman to reach this milestone in 24 years.[33] Compton's good first-class form continued until injury hampered his end to the 2012 season, while playing for the England Lions against Australia A in August 2012 despite scoring 46 in the first innings of the match he was ruled out of the rest of the match with back spasms.[34] Compton finally returned to cricket on 6 September playing as a guest for Yorkshire Second XI against Somerset Second XI in their second innings scoring 39 and retiring not out in an innings defeat for Yorkshire.[35] Compton returned to the Somerset side for their final County Championship match against Worcestershire, Compton scored 155* in his only innings in the match as Somerset wrapped up the runners-up spot in the competition,[36] the century meant Compton finished the English cricket season with 1,494 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 99.60.[37] Compton was the only English batsman to score 1,000 runs in the County Championship and won the PCA Player of the Year award for the first time.[38]

International career[edit]

Following the retirement of Andrew Strauss and the exclusion of Kevin Pietersen, Compton's weight of runs was enough to earn him a first call-up to the England Test squad for the winter tour to India.[39]

Compton made his England debut opening the batting with captain Alastair Cook in their first tour match against India A, but made a third ball duck in England's only innings.[40] The second tour match against Mumbai A saw Compton open the batting with his rival for the Test opening spot Joe Root. Compton scored just one run in the first innings, but completed his first half century for England in the second innings, as he finished 64 not out.[41] In the third and final tour match against Haryana, Compton completed half centuries in both innings of the match making 74 and 79 respectively, which included a 166-run opening partnership with Alastair Cook in the first innings.[42]

Compton made his test debut in the first Test of the series in Ahmedabad. He made 9 off 53 balls in the first innings, before being bowled by an off break by Ravichandran Ashwin and then made 37 runs in a first-wicket, second innings partnership of 123 with Alastair Cook, before being given out lbw to Zaheer Khan.[43] Compton made his maiden Test half-century in the 3rd Test at Eden Gardens, going on to his highest test score of 57 before being dismissed lbw by Pragyan Ojha.[44] England won the Test series in India 2–1, which was their first series victory in India since the 1984–85 tour, with Compton featuring in all four of the Test matches therefore earning himself an ECB incremental contract.[45] Compton finished the series having scored 208 runs in his eight Test innings at an average of 34.66.[46] Compton had helped Cook post four successive 50 partnerships ensuring decent platforms for England and according to ESPNcricinfo's George Dobell he rated Compton's series as a 7/10 and that "while he proved his ability to occupy the crease, some doubt remains about his ability to press on and dominate."[47]

Compton's performance in India was enough to maintain his place in England's Test squad for the tour to New Zealand in March 2013.[48] Following a duck in the first innings of the first Test of the series Compton responded with his maiden Test century, scoring 117 as England drew the Test match.[49] He proceeded to make a more fluent second century, scoring exactly 100, in the second Test match.[50] Compton finished the drawn series as England's third highest run-scorer with 232 runs at an average of 46.40.[51]

Compton was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013, recognising his achievements during the previous English season.[2][52] Compton returned to County Cricket in late April 2013,[53] with a century and half-century against county champions Warwickshire, and maintained his place in the England test squad for the home series against New Zealand.[54] Compton fared badly in the two test home series scoring just 39 runs in 4 innings with a high score of just 16.[55] This failure led to renewed calls from the media for Compton to be dropped for the Ashes in favour of Joe Root,[56] but Compton returned to first-class cricket for Somerset with a century against Durham,[57] and then backed this up with a vital half-century at Derbyshire that guided Somerset to their first victory of the season.[58]

Despite this form Compton was dropped by England for the Ashes warm-up against Essex in favour of Joe Root, with Compton omitted from the squad and national selector Geoff Miller, describing Root as "currently the best opening partner" for Alastair Cook.[59] On his 30th birthday, Compton's form continued with a defiant 81 for Somerset against the touring Australians at Taunton.[60] Compton was rewarded for his form as the ECB arranged for him to play as a guest for Worcestershire in their tour match against Australia as a further audition for his Ashes spot.[61]

Achievements[edit]

Test Cricket centuries[edit]

No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A Date Result
1 117  New Zealand 2 3 1/3 University Oval, Dunedin Away 6 March 2013 Drawn[62]
2 100  New Zealand 2 1 2/3 Basin Reserve, Wellington Away 14 March 2013 Drawn[63]

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