Nicholas Richard Denis Compton was born on 26th June,1983, in Durban, Natal and raised in South Africa.
The grandson of legendary English test cricketer and Arsenal footballer Denis Compton, Nick embraced sport almost from the day he took his first step. In his early teens, Nick won a scholarship to Harrow where he developed his cricketing skills under the tutelage of former Leicestershire opener Tim Boon. Compton made prolific progress at school, scoring numerous centuries and captaining the side in his last summer. It came as no surprise when he was selected for the Middlesex U19 side in 2000. Just 18, Compton represented an ECB Schools XI against the West Indies U19’s as opener and later the same summer was selected for England Under 18’s against the same opposition, batting at No 3.
A right-handed top order batsman and occasional right-handed off spin bowler, he made his List-A debut for Middlesex in 2001, with his first-class debut three years later, in May 2004, against Cambridge University. Nick won the NBC Denis Compton Award – awarded by Middlesex to their most promising player in consecutive seasons (2001 and 2002), and he played in England’s U19 World Cup side in Australia early in 2002. Later that year, Nick made his U19 Test match debut against India and made his maiden one-day half-century with an 86 not out against Lancashire.
Nick's breakthrough came in 2006, when he gained a regular place in the senior side. He scored six centuries, including a career best 190 against Durham. Nick topped the Middlesex averages scoring 1,315 runs at 46.96. Second only to Mark Ramprakash in terms of first-class centuries scored, Nick was selected for England A’s winter tour to Bangladesh where he headed the averages and was named player of the tour along with Matt Prior.
Although 2007-2008 were plagued with injuries for Nick, once back to full fitness in 2009, he again topped the averages for Middlesex with 860 first class runs. In one-day cricket he racked up 694 runs at 77.11, including a career best of 131 against Kent.
The move to Somerset
With this return to form, Nick joined Somerset in 2010. His first season with the team yielded outstanding results in one day cricket. His six fifties helped Somerset reach the 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 final against Warwickshire. Nick also recorded his highest score of 74 in Twenty20 cricket against Essex.
In the winter of 2010-11, Nick played for the Mashonaland Eagles in Zimbabwe, impressing in all forms of the game and helping Mashonaland annex the t20 championship title.
Back at Somerset for the 2011 season, he opened up with a one-day century against the Unicorns, and just over a week later scored his first ever double century in first-class cricket – 254 not out against Durham. Nick's first-class season culminated in his scoring 1,098 runs at an average of 57.78, and he was rewarded with his county cap.
The 2012 season began with a bang, with Nick scoring 236 against Cardiff MCCU on the 2nd of April. His partnership of 450 with James Hildreth was a new first class record for Somerset. His good form continued with a second double-century against Nottinghamshire. Nick amassed 685 runs by the 27th of April, earning him a recall to the England Lions team for the tour match against the West Indies. He seemed destined to be the first batsman for 25 years to reach 1000 first-class runs before the end of May, but a washout on the second afternoon of Somerset's match against Worcestershire left him stranded on 950. Nick reached the landmark with a century the next day, and his prolific first-class form continued until he fell to a back injury while playing for the England Lions against Australia A. Despite scoring 46 in the first innings he was ruled out of the rest of the match with back spasms. Nick returned to the Somerset side for their final County Championship match of the season against Worcestershire, scoring 155*. He finished the season with 1,494 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 99.60. Nick was the only English batsman to score 1,000 runs in the County Championship and won both the Cricket Writers Player of the Season award, and the PCA Player of the Year award, for the first time. Nick was also named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.
Picked for England
Nick's weight of runs was enough to earn him a first call-up to the England Test squad for the winter tour to India in 2012.
Nick made his Test debut in the first match against India in Ahmedabad. He made 9 and 37, sharing in a first-wicket, second innings partnership of 123 with Alastair Cook. He made his maiden Test 50 in the 3rd Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Nick's performance in India was enough to maintain his place in England's Test squad for the tour to New Zealand in March 2013. In the second innings of the first Test of the series, Nick earned his maiden Test century, scoring 117 as England drew the Test match. He proceeded to make a second century, scoring exactly 100, in the second Test match. He finished the series as England's third highest run-scorer, with 232 runs at an average of 46.40.
Media & Charity
Outside cricket Nick has a passion for the media, focusing on TV presenting, radio commentary and writing. Nick is a regular contributor to Cricinfo and The Cricket Paper, and has published articles in Wisden Cricket Monthly and All Out Cricket. Nick has appeared on Sky Sports and is a regular contributor to Cricket AM.
In November 2011, Nick spent a week coaching the ‘Compton Cricket Club’ in downtown LA. The team's mission is to curb the negative effects of gang activities amongst the youth of Compton, South Central Los Angeles through teaching the principles and ethics of cricket.
Nick is also an Ambassador for Frankwater, a Bristol based charity of ethical entrepreneurs, researchers and field workers that fund sustainable clean water projects in developing countries across the world.