The England opener believes the start to his five-day career has room for improvement.
Despite being heralded as an England star and praised for his batting efforts, opener Nick Compton thinks his first seven Tests have been satisfactory rather than brilliant.
Compton made his debut for the Three Lions in India last November, but it wasn’t until the recent tour of New Zealand that the batsman scored two centuries and announced his arrival as an international cricketer.
Yet despite top performances in a generally poor Test series for the five-day side, the Somerset man is realistic about the start of his national career.
“Looking back I’d say I’ve done well rather than very well,” Compton said to the Telegraph.
“That’s something that keeps you driven and makes me want to work a bit harder.”
At 29 the batsman arrived on the international scene quite late, although the grandson of England legend Denis Compton had certainly done his apprenticeship on the domestic stage.
The opener has scored nearly 7,000 first-class runs for Somerset and Middlesex and has played professional cricket in the country of his birth, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Compton was rewarded for years of hard work when he was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year for 2012 – along with former teammate and close friend Hashim Amla.
However, although the England man is reaping the rewards of his success he is still remaining grounded with his cricket and aims to push himself further in the future.
It’s set to be a busy summer for Compton now that he has established himself in the national side, with two Tests against New Zealand in May followed by the Ashes starting in July.