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Off-colour Compton admits England future on the line
May 26, 2016 / 11:01 AM / a year ago

Off-colour Compton admits England future on the line

England's Nick Compton plays a shot during the third cricket test match against South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 15, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files

REUTERS - Top order batsman Nick Compton admits his England future hangs in the balance after his three-ball duck in the first test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

England thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs to take the lead in the three-match series, but for their number three batsman, it was only a continuation of his run drought.

“Yeah, sure. Definitely,” Compton said when asked if he thought his England career was on the line.

”I don’t know the actual answer to that but you’ve got to score runs. I want to score runs but I want to do it because I want to feel good.

“I want to feel good about my batting and I want to feel good about contributing to the England team. Those are my driving motivations. If you don’t play well enough you get dropped. That’s fundamentally how it works.”

The grandson of the legendary Denis Compton has now scored 15, 26, 0, 19, 6 and 0 in last six test innings and reckons his old-fashioned grafting is in stark contrast to the belligerent batting of someone like team mate Ben Stokes.

“The way the game’s going, I think people are drawn towards a certain glamour and some players provide that and people want to see more of that,” Compton said.

”That’s great, we’re in the entertainment business, it’s about getting bums on seats... I‘m by no means unaware of that. That’s what people want to see.

“I know deep inside me there’s a player in here who could change all those opinions very quickly, but unfortunately until you do it and people see it in real life there’s no point in me saying anything else.”

The second test begins at Chester-le-Street on Friday.

Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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