Ashes 2013: Nick Compton lashes out at England after axe

Nick Compton scored 79 for Worcestershire against the Australians in a warm-up match © Getty Images

Worcester: Jul 5, 2013

Discarded opening batsman Nick Compton has cried foul after he was denied a chance to feature in the England’s Ashes warm-up match against Essex. Compton says he was asked by England coach Andy Flower to ‘go away and score runs’, but he thinks he is being ignored despite showing good form with the bat.

Compton, whose ordinary form as England opener saw him getting replaced by Joe Root as skipper Alastair Cook’s opening partner in the Ashes 2013, scored 79 for Worcestershire against the Australians in the other warm-up match.

A disgruntled Compton told The Guardian:  “I don’t feel that I had a fair crack of the whip. I don’t really know where things stand, to be honest. I got told I had been dropped. Your guess is as good as mine. Would you drop me for an Essex warm-up game and then pick me [for the Ashes]? Isn’t that messing a few people around? I don’t know.”

“It’s been disappointing of late but I’ll keep fighting on because I regard myself as a fighter. I’ve had to do that time and time again. People doubted me when I got picked for England; people doubted me in India; they doubted me when I got nought in New Zealand and then I scored two hundreds, but they even doubted me after that series,” he said.

“I feel like this was a very good response, actually. Last week was a very good response, too. Time and time again I get asked to make responses and I feel like I do that every single time. [England’s team director] Andy Flower said go away and score runs. I have done that. How many runs is scoring runs?,” Compton asked.

Compton’s last Test for England was a forgettable one — wherein he scored one and seven respectively in the two innings at Leeds.

He said, “By my own admission I wasn’t in a great place at Headingley. It was a poor Test match, no doubt about it. But one, or one and a half Test matches, doesn’t really constitute a series or a career. There’s a lot of players early in a season whose feet go missing. I didn’t look too much into it.”

“Headingley was a poor Test match and that was it. It was a bit of a shock to hear the news. Perhaps I should have had more of a crack and gone down fighting. In the context of the game, did it matter?”

However, such incidents won’t keep Compton give up easily, as he says he won’t lose hope of playing in the Ashes.

“I’m certainly not going to lose hope of playing in an Ashes series. It’s a dream of mine and something I’ve worked very hard to achieve,” he said. I’ve had lots of team-mates saying they can’t understand it. It’s nice to hear but we all know that wallowing in that stuff isn’t going to help you get off the couch and crack on. I feel ready but it is not my job to select. I feel like I’ve done enough,” he concluded.