In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Somerset batsman Nick Compton has revealed that he is still looking to return to the international fold with England.
The opener was selected for England's tour of India in 2012 after a prolific start to the domestic season. In June 2012, the South-African born batsman reached 1000 runs, the earliest the milestone had been reached in 24 years.
But despite scoring 479 runs for England in nine tests, including back-to-back centuries against New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington in 2013, the Somerset man was discarded by the England selectors.
Compton was dropped in favour of Joe Root before the 2013 Ashes tour of Australia, after experiencing a slight drop in form.
"It was obviously very disappointing, it was tough at the time," Compton told GiveMeSport.
"when I got back from New Zealand, there was still a lot of conjecture over whether I should be opening the batting or not, with the Ashes coming up.
"My ambition was to play in an Ashes series and I felt it was so close yet so far. I was just trying to take one step at a time and make sure I did what I needed to do.
"A few things went on during the New Zealand tour, that didn't help me and when I did get into that series, I got couple of [low scores], in particular at Headingley, which were highlighted by the press at the time. To my surprise, that seemed enough to push me aside.
"It was hard to take. But it is about bouncing back and turning around. Which I thought I did throughout the rest of the season. I scored a lot of runs, but it was not enough to get selected for the home or away series."
England have not scored 400 runs in a test since Compton and Root both scored centuries in March 2013. But with Root and Kevin Pietersen now out of the picture, it may not be long before England recall Compton.
In April 2014, Compton scored a flawless century against Durham; it was his 11th ton since the start of the 2012 domestic season. The opener has consistently displayed a flawless technique with bat and he always commands the crease.
But his domestic performances are yet to earn him a recall, however, the 30-year-old has not lost hope.
When asked if he still had aspirations to play for England, Compton replied emphatically: "Without a doubt."
"You always have one eye on England, you always have that hunger which drives you through those tough times." said Compton, "as a batsman, you know always know that the scores are around the corner, but you have to cash in and make sure, your attitude and emotions are as consistent as possible.
"If I lost that hope, I would lose my ambition, my passion and my reasons for playing cricket along with it. I have never seen cricket as a job. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't but it has always been a passion, something I deeply wanted to achieve in.
"I think if I lost that, I would have to ask myself some questions. But I have got a great team down here in Somerset and what has brought me that success, is playing well for them."
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