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Compton extends Somerset stay

England batsman Nick Compton has ended speculation about a move away from Somerset at the end of the campaign by signing a new three-year contract with the club.

This is the 30-year-old right-hander’s fourth season with Somerset, whom he joined from original county Middlesex, and has a first-class average in excess of 60 for while also being an important limited-overs player.

During the previous two summers Compton topped 1,000 first-class runs - amassing 1,494 last term - to earn selection for the England Test team and seeing him named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in April.

He has hit two hundreds in his nine Tests, although he lost his place ahead of the current Investec Ashes Series.

Compton, whose current tally of 831 runs puts him on course to reach four figures in first-class cricket again, said: "I've enjoyed my three years with the club and feel settled by having such a great team and support network around me.

“I'm aware of interest from other clubs but I've played some of my best cricket here and I'm grateful to the club and its members who have given me such great support.

“I want to continue to grow as a player so I can be at the top of my game over the coming seasons."

Somerset director of cricket Dave Nosworthy said: "The club and I are very pleased to have secured Nick again for a further period - he is one of the best players in the country and makes a huge contribution to the club, not just on the field of play but also off it.

“We look forward to seeing Nick score many more runs at Taunton and beyond - and we are happy to have secured a quality person and a quality player."

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