Ashes dreams drive Compton
Nick may put the Ashes out of his mind by day, but he cannot stop himself from dreaming about the Aussies once the lights are out...
Nick has put himself in line to begin England’s sequence of 10 Ashes Tests home and away between July and next January, with his back-to-back hundreds against New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington.
“It is at night - you go to bed thinking about the Ashes,” he said. “You get that youthful exuberance, which is something that keeps pushing you forward.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to play in an Ashes series - of course I do. But it doesn’t do you any good to look too far ahead. You have to make sure you focus on the next game.”
“After a short rest, I go back to county cricket, I need to get my head down again and make sure if that time arrives I’ve put my name in the box seat,” he said. “I have played enough cricket now to know that that line between success and failure is quite thin.
“You’re always on nought (when you start an innings) - remember that as a batsman, it doesn’t make any difference whether you’ve got five or six hundreds behind you,” he said.
Nick does allow himself a degree of satisfaction though that his determination has paid off.
“I had a feeling I could do it, but you never really know until you do it at this level. So yes, I’m chuffed that I’ve managed to pass that test.”
Nick reaches Maiden Test Century
An unbeaten maiden Test century by Nick Compton has given England a good chance of saving the first test in New Zealand.
In response to the tourist's first innings total of 167 New Zealand declared on 469 for 9. Facing a deficit of 293 England needed a solid start to their second innings which is exactly what Nick and Alastair Cook delivered.
The opening pair batted for 84 overs to take the total onto 231 before the England captain perished. Nick was stuck in the 90s for 50 minutes but eventually brought up his maiden Test century , which is just what he needed having been dismissed without scoring in the first innings.
By the close England had moved onto 234 for 1, still 59 behind with Nick unbeaten on 102 which came off 265 balls and included 10 fours.
Nick writing a blog while in New Zealand
Nick will be writing a regular blog exclusively for his website while in New Zealand to keep Somerset and England Supporters up to date with the tour and to provide an insight into the life of a touring cricketer.
The blog will be regularly updated and is available to read by clicking here. Photo's from the trip have also been posted in the Photo Gallery which can also be viewed by clicking here.
Nick selected in test squad for New Zealand
The England selectors have today announced the 15 man test squad that will travel to New Zealand for the three match series that begins on March 6th in Dunedin.
Following his performances against India, Somerset batsman Nick Compton retains his place and will head down-under for a training camp led by England Team Director Andy Flower along with the other four test players who are not included in the ODI squad.