When Andrew Strauss walked away from England, questions were asked as who was going to replace him.
Nick Compton by then had already burst onto the scene as he had an excellent county season (1494 runs at an average of 99.60).
He had to be in the team was what selectors thought and hence he boarded the flight to India. He did reasonably well against India in the subcontinent (208 runs at an avg. of 34.66) considering that it was his first tour to the India.
This was just about enough for him to be selected for the tour to New Zealand as well and this was the series that really brought him into the spotlight as he scored two back to back hundreds and finished the 3 match series with 232 runs at an average of 46.40 which was excellent from the Somerset lad.
Next up for him was the home series against the same team, this time only two match though. Unfortunately for him, this series still stands out to be his last appearance in an England shirt (at least until now). Just two bad matches and the selectors kicked him out which wasn’t a kind or wise decision at all. Poor Compton returned to county cricket and despite having another terrific county season (1250 runs at an avg. of 45.00), he wasn’t selected for either of the Ashes Series (2013 and 2013-14).
What staggers is that he did nothing wrong except for just two bad test matches. Root has had poor test matches and he still stands as one of the most protected players in the team, of course he is talented but Compton is too.
However, we can’t change the past but we can control the way our future goes. So, I think that Compton is actually the best replacement for Andrew Strauss because of the temperament that the 30-year old has and the technique that he has got against both the spinners and the seamers as well. Carberry failed, Root failed, its Compton time....
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