Nick Compton is one of a number of players who will be hoping that early season performances can impress the new England coach Peter Moores.
Any onlookers couldn't fail to be impressed by his latest innings where he posted a century and earned Somerset a very creditable draw against reigning County Champions Durham at Chester-le-Street.
Compton's unbeaten partnership of 154, alongside another England hopeful Craig Kieswetter, was crucial on the final days play as they rescued Somerset from potential defeat.
Somerset were 92-4 chasing 337 to win, in desperate need of a meaningful partnership, when Compton and Kieswetter came together. They bravely fought off new ball in-form bowlers Graham Onions and Christopher Rushworth and anything that the Durham attack could throw at them.
Compton's innings was all the more remarkable as he had to bat down the order in the first innings due to a frozen neck.
This was Compton's first century of the season and a timely reminder to the England selectors. He is a steady rather than flamboyant player but reliable nonetheless.
In his two first-class matches so far Compton has scored 138 runs in three innings at an average of 69. He currently lies 8th in the Division One batting averages.
Despite his eighth place in the averages Compton is below some of the players he is possibly competing against in order for him to return to the England side. Players such as Sam Robson and Gary Ballance have out scored him this season so far and current and ex-England players, as well as England hopefuls, are also above him - Ed Joyce, Ian Bell, Craig Kieswetter, Matt Prior and Adil Rashid.
Thirty-year old Compton played his last Test for England, his ninth, early last summer against New Zealand.
Compton will now hope to continue where he left off in his next County Championship game for Somerset against Sussex at Hove today.
It will be an important month for Compton as Peter Moores will be scrutinising all his potential players before naming his squad for the First Test against Sri Lanka on the 12th June.
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