Nick Compton did not have the best of time as an opener for England during his first burst in late 2012 and 2013. Nevertheless, the talented right hander managed to score a couple of centuries for England. Despite that, he was ignored for other makeshift openers such as Joe Root. Since then, England have struggled miserably to find an opening partner for Alastair Cook.
Compton, who now has been selected for the tour of South Africa is looking forward for a second homecoming. Compton will now be expected to bat at number 3. “I didn’t take my chance with both hands,” he says now. “I didn’t play as well as I would have liked,” summarizes Compton.
“I didn’t feel I needed to change my game,” Compton said. “I always felt my game was built on pretty solid foundations. It’s just about getting my head down and watching the ball. “My aim is to get myself in and give myself the best chance. The more time I can spend out there, I feel I’ll be doing a job for the team and myself. The key is to push on and get some big scores because that helps the average and your tally of runs.”
“Being hard on myself is one of the things that has got me as far as I have,” he says. “You can see it as a negative, but I see it as a positive. It keeps making me strive to get better. “Yes, at times I questioned whether the chance would ever come again. But the hunger was always there and I always felt I had more to give. It’s a cliché, but this really is a dream come true for me,” Compton said.