Bumble: ‘Compton must up the tempo’

NICK Compton needs to go on the attack if he is to keep his place in the England side, according to former England coach and Sky pundit David Lloyd.

Compton retained his place in the national squad having been part of a successful tour to South Africa, despite averaging a touch over 30 batting at No. 3 across four Test matches.

However, it wasn’t the amount of runs he scored that has been questioned. Instead, it was the pace at which he scored with his strike rate of 37 in South Africa only higher than one England team-mate – Steven Finn.

James Vince is also included in the squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka, with all signs pointing to the Hampshire man batting at five, replacing the retired James Taylor.

Bumble told The Cricket Paper: “I like the idea of continuity, I don’t think there’s any mileage in chopping and changing, but I would like to see Nick Compton become more proactive and to be in a less defensive mode. It might be a bit difficult to grasp but even if you’re defending, you need to be looking to score and rotate the strike rather than be totally becalmed.

“I’m not a fan of the anchor role, which is what he looks to take with the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow around him. Take a look at Alastair Cook, he’s not an explosive batsman, but he keeps it moving. The penny has to drop with somebody like Compton that he’s got to somehow keep it moving.”

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