Compton hits Australia for 81 in response to Ashes heartbreak

Frank Dalleres
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SNUBBED England batsman Nick Compton gave selectors a timely reminder of his talent yesterday by hitting 81 for Somerset against the same Australian bowlers he had expected to be facing in the Ashes.

Compton, who learned this week that he has been overtaken by Joe Root in the England pecking order, shared a stand of 170 with Chris Jones as Somerset collapsed from 304-2 to 320 all out.

The 29-year-old’s display came as team-mate and former Test opener Marcus Trescothick criticised his axing for England’s four-day match against Essex on Sunday, in which Root will open with captain Alastair Cook.

“Only three Test matches ago he got back-to-back hundreds and I think it’s quite harsh on him,” he said of Compton, who averages 31.93 in nine Tests.

“When he gets into a bit of a rhythm and starts getting runs he’ll get a load. He’ll bounce back and may get an opportunity yet.”

Fellow batsman Kevin Pietersen is this evening set to make his first England appearance since suffering a knee injury in March in the second Twenty20 match with New Zealand at the Oval.