Former England batsman Nick Compton, on Thursday, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Nick Compton made his Test debut for England against India in Ahmedabad in 2012. He went on to play 16 Tests between November 2012 and June 2016.The 35-year old scored 775 runs, including two centuries in successive Tests against New Zealand with a highest score of 117. Compton also played a vital hand of 85 versus South Africa in the Durban Test in 2015-16, helping his side to post a hard-fought victory
Compton’s career faced an unexpected hurdle in 2016 when he had to take a break from cricket for “physical and mental reasons” after failing to impress in the three-match series against Sri Lanka. He then never managed to earn a recall as the Lord’s Test against the Islanders turned out to be the last time he represented England.
Speaking after hanging his boots, Compton said the series win in India was the pinnacle of his career.
“The pinnacle of my career was following in my grandfather Denis Compton’s footsteps, having achieved my dream of playing and winning Test series for England,” he told the Middlesex website. “I am particularly proud of our series victory in India [in 2012], the first time in 28 years an England team had won in India.”
“There have been some challenges that I have had to confront, but in spite of these I feel incredibly fortunate. Winning the County Championship at Lord’s on the final day of the 2016 season for Middlesex provided all involved with an experience that we will savour for the rest of our lives,” he added.
Compton had a fruitful career in first-class cricket. The right-hander amassed a staggering 12,168 runs at an average of 40.42. He also aggregated 3,174 and 1,318 runs in List A and T20s respectively. Compton made his debut for Middlesex way back in 2004. It, however, took him a couple of years to mark his announcement. In 2006, he scored 1,315 first class runs at an average of 46.96.
But two years later, his form dipped as he averaged just 8.50. After having another poor season, he left for Somerset and found his form. In 2011, he scored over 1000 first class runs at an average of 57.78. In the following season, he scored a staggering 1,494 runs at an unbelievable average of 99.6. That season helped him earn his maiden Test call-up.
In 2014, he re-joined Middlesex but could not replicate his old form. But in 2016, he was a part of the squad that won the Championship after a gap of 23 years.
Compton also announced he will now take up an ambassadorial role with Middlesex.