Despite scoring centuries in his last two Test matches Compton says he is not taking his Ashes place for granted.
England opener Nick Compton has proven many of his critics wrong in his side’s current tour of New Zealand.
Some had said the 29-year-old wasn’t good enough to play in the Test side and there was talk of youngster Joe Root taking his place at number two in the batting order.
However, back-to-back centuries against the Kiwis have ensured Compton will keep his spot for a while longer.
Despite scoring 425 runs at a respectable average of 47.22 in his first six Test matches, the Somerset batsman says he is not taking his place in the squad for the Ashes series this summer as a given.
“I’ve done well, but do I feel established? No, I still feel a long way off,” Compton said on BBC Sport.
“My mind is on this New Zealand series. To look too far forward is not wise.
“Maybe when you drift off to sleep you think about the Ashes, any aspiring cricketer would do, but right now I’ve got to be honest – I’m looking at the next game.”
These are modest words from Compton after he scored 117 in the first Test against New Zealand at Dunedin and then followed up that performance with 100 runs in the second match of the series in Wellington.
Yet with both of those ties being drawn encounters there is still all to play for in the third and final Test of the series.