Ex-England batsman Compton retires from cricket

By Bradley West

Former England batsman Nick Compton has announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Compton played 16 Tests for England, debuting against India in 2012 and scoring 775 runs at an average of 28.20. He was the first man to partner former England opener Alastair Cook following the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012.

The 35-year-old scored back-to-back hundreds against New Zealand in 2016.

Compton enjoyed two spells at Middlesex, where he made his first-class debut in 2004, and he was a part of the county’s Championship success in 2016.

As well as this, the batsman spent five years at Somerset and, in total, he scored 12,168 first-class runs at an average of 40 with 27 centuries and 59 fifties.

Compton had been granted a Testimonial Year by Middlesex in 2018.

Compton said: “It has been a privilege to play first-class cricket for Middlesex, Somerset, and the MCC.

“Of course, 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.

“I am particularly proud of my successful opening partnership with Alastair Cook and our series victory in India, the first time in 28 years an England team has won in India.

“There have been some challenges that I have had to confront, but in spite of these I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this career of mine.”

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