Compton right to stay focused
Nick Compton has rightly confirmed he is not thinking about England’s upcoming Ashes series with Australia this summer, instead maintaining focus on the task in hand as the team tour New Zealand.
Currently away with England, Compton is not part of their ODI series against the Kiwis and instead is preparing for a tough two-match test in the England whites. Having opened the batting in each of his previous four international appearances, it is clear the pressure will be on Compton’s shoulders to form a solid partnership with Alastair Cook this spring.
Fans in England betting markets will be confident he can perform, however, for he has become a Test specialist for England after making an impressive series debut away to India last winter.
In his eight innings on the subcontinent’s unpredictable surface, Compton made one half-century and a 167 partnership with captain Alastair Cook. Although by no means the finished article, former skipper Michael Vaughan says his willingness to open during a debut tour away in India is commendable and should put him in good stead for the Kiwis this spring – a series that will define his Ashes chances.
“I need to concentrate on the here and now which is New Zealand,” he told BBC Sport. “If I do my job then hopefully the rewards will come further down the line.”
Indeed, the rewards for a successful stint with the bat are potentially huge, with the prestige of opening for England in an Ashes series bestowed upon a select few.
The 29-year-old has two series with New Zealand and the start of the County Championship to find his rhythm before Australia come to town, and if he can prove to selectors a viable partner for Cook then England have a dangerous weapon in their arsenal this summer.