Compton in good Nick for England

READY TO SHINE: Nick Compton hopes for a recall to the England squad this summer
READY TO SHINE: Nick Compton hopes for a recall to the England squad this summer
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Discarded opener Nick Compton is determined to push his claims for an international recall in the wake of England’s 5-0 Ashes mauling.

Compton was dropped by England prior to last summer’s home series against Australia to make way for Joe Root at the top of the order.

And the Somerset batsman was then overlooked for the tour Down Under.

However, the 30-year-old, who has scored two centuries in his nine Test appearances, is now “desperate” to catch the selectors’ eyes again as English cricket looks for answers following a traumatic 5-0 whitewash.

And the grandson of former England great Denis Compton knows he will not be the only fringe player who will be looking to impress once the county season starts up again.

In his national newspaper column, Compton said: “So just what do England do next? I guess that is the question all supporters will be asking after a massively disappointing Ashes series.

“As a player, it is hard to know how the selectors will respond. As one of those hoping to regain a batting spot this summer, I intend to get my head down and make plenty of runs.

“Setbacks are part of sport, but when a team takes a hammering the evidence is impossible to ignore and opens up opportunities for others.

“Prospective England players will be rejoining their counties soon thinking this could be their opportunity.

“Right now, it does feel that change is in the air and there may well be more openings for players who might have thought there was no way into the squad a few months ago.”

Compton, who has been a prolific runscorer at county level for Somerset in the last few years, added: “From my point of view, I am desperate to prove how hungry I am to fill one of those top-three spots alongside Alastair Cook.

“When we played together last winter we developed a good partnership and I’d love the chance to show I can be the solid rock at the top for the order which successful teams need.”

Meanwhile, England’s coach and captain are both angry after their descent to an Ashes whitewash and determined to make up for the embarrassment.

Andy Flower, who confirmed that he will be continuing as coach and team director, made it clear too that he and captain Alastair Cook are seething over their team’s shambolic under-performance.

He is intent on putting things right, whatever it takes, ideally before England’s next Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s in June – and certainly in time for the 2015 Ashes rematch.

Flower added a slightly uncomfortable caveat that England supporters may need to be patient, such is the apparent remedial work necessary, before results improve.

Asked if he felt angry, less than 24 hours after England had folded to defeat at the SCG inside three days, Flower said: “Yes, in a word. I’m glad Alastair is as well. So we should be. This has been a bad loss.”

“We might have to take a little more pain before we have sustained success again, and we might have to ask for a little patience in that regard over the coming months.

“I like to feel pride about the way we go about things. I don’t feel pride in the way we played in this Test series.”