Compton backed to shine
Marcus Trescothick and Andy Hurry are confident Nick Compton will prosper if he is given the opportunity to represent England in the four-Test series with India.
Somerset batsman Compton did his chances of gaining an international debut no harm when striking 64 not out on the final day of the tourists’ second warm-up fixture against Mumbai A.
That came after he had made an inauspicious start to life in England whites by registering scores of nought and one in his first two innings.
Compton’s captain and coach at county level were delighted to see the 29-year-old show his worth as an opening batsman yesterday.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk, former England opener Trescothick - a veteran of 76 Tests - said: “That will give him a lot of confidence. It will be a big boost.
“Should he get the opportunity next week, I think he’ll do well. He’s got everything you need to play international cricket.”
Compton's ability to focus was in evidence during his latest knock, which spanned over three and a half hours.
Trescothick added: “The application is his biggest asset - to go out there and score runs, not get fazed by the shouting and screaming, the turn, the pace, whatever it may be.
“He’s very good at that and I think that’s what you need more than anything as an international cricketer.”
Somerset head coach Hurry echoed Trescothick’s praise of Compton, who ended the 2012 domestic season as the leading scorer in first-class cricket.
“He’s a very resilient character and highly skilled,” said Hurry.
“He had a fantastic season last year, but it’s tough for any county player going into the international arena. It’s a big step up and a process they all have to go through.
“Having watched the dismissals from his first two games - that would challenge any experienced international player, so I’m really proud and pleased for Nick, the way he’s responded.
“It’s great timing, because you’re only as good as your last innings.”
Hurry, of course, is more familiar than most with Compton’s talents.
“The advantage a county coach has when one of his players makes the step up is that you know them very well; you know them inside-out,” he added.
“Andy Flower, Alastair Cook and all of the (England) coaching staff and players - their knowledge and understanding of Nick will be starting to evolve and develop as he spends more and more time with them. They’ll be really encouraged by his performance, I’m sure.”
Compton and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root are battling for the right to partner Alastair Cook at the top of the order following Andrew Strauss’ retirement in August.
The tour of India represents Cook’s first as permanent Test captain, but Trescothick expects his fellow left-hander to rise to the challenge.
“As a leader, I think he’ll do well. If he can carry on making runs while he’s taking it on, and he’s proved he can do that already by scoring a hundred (in the warm-up match against India A), he’ll be good.
“Alastair is very level-headed and switched on enough to understand how to separate his batting from the captaincy.
“The tough times will come when the team is under pressure and he has to deliver then. He’s a good enough character that he can do that.”