English batsman Nick Compton is all set to take an immediate break from cricket after a string of poor performances with the bat. His county team Middlesex confirmed the news.
Middlesex and the England & Wales Cricket Board have now agreed that ‘the best way forward is for Compton to spend some time away from the game’.
Middlesex managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: “Nick sets himself very high standards and makes a huge commitment to cricket. We all believe that some time away from the game now will allow him to refresh, recharge and return to play the sort of cricket we all know he is capable of producing.
“During this period Nick will receive the full support of Middlesex CCC and the England cricket team management.”
Compton is having a poor time with the bat for a while now. After performing poorly in South Africa, he was a surprise inclusion in the England squad for the test series against Sri Lanka. However, he could not grab the opportunity and failed once again with the bat. He scored just 51 runs in five innings against Sri Lanka. He has gone 12 innings since his last international half-century. His last half-century came against South Africa when he scored 85 last December in Durban.
Speaking after the third Test at Lord’s, England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said: “It has been a tough series for him. He knows that and he does not need any of us to sit down and tell him. He needs to score runs.”
Compton, who has represented England in 16 tests, admitted last month that time was running out for him.
“I want to feel good about my batting and I want to feel good about contributing to the England team,” said Compton.
“Those are my driving motivations. If you don’t play well enough you get dropped. That’s fundamentally how it works.”
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