England news June 25, 2013

Trescothick backs Compton for England return


Nick Compton's may have been dropped for England's Investec Ashes warm up but his international career need not be over, according to Marcus Trescothick.

Compton was left out of the squad for the warm-up against Essex this weekend having made only 39 runs in four innings against New Zealand. The selectors expressed their confidence in Joe Root to open the batting in place of Compton.

But Trescothick, Compton's captain at Somerset and a former England opening batsman, suggested he would have stuck with Compton and endorsed him to "bounce back".

"I'm very disappointed for him," Trescothick said. "I'd have carried on and seen how it goes at the start of the series and then made a change if needed, but that's probably why I'm not a selector.

"I spoke to him on Monday just after he was told. It's very tough to take for him. I explained to him that I made my England debut through an injury and there's no reason why he can't get back into the team the same way.

"I know how much he has been wanting to play in a big series like this. You grow up wanting to play in big games and big series, so to suddenly lose that is a major blow. But there is still time to make it happen. He can change things. If he carries on scoring runs, he'll be the next in line.

"We play Australia this week and a big 150 would be ideal. It would be a bit too late for the first Test but it would be a big show of what he can do."

Trescothick is not impartial, of course. But as well as being a Somerset colleague of Compton, he is also a seasoned campaigner in domestic and international cricket who may well have a role in England selection in the not too distant future. And, and a team-mate, he is better placed than most to offer an assessment of Compton's suitability for Test cricket.

"He's very strong," Trescothick said. "So I think he will bounce back pretty quickly. He is a little bit misunderstood at times but once he gets his mind set on something he is very determined. He just has to do the only thing he has been doing: working hard, training hard and keep scoring runs."

Trescothick also urged the England selectors to stick with Jos Buttler, who he described as "an amazing talent, you have to stick with him" and then suggested that fast bowler Jamie Overton could break into the England set-up "within six months to two years".

Perhaps the only time that Trescothick, talking ahead of the Friends Life T20 season which begins with a day-night fixture between Hampshire and Surrey at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday, was even slightly equivocal came when he was talking about the progress of Somerset's new director of cricket, Dave Nosworthy. Asked how the transition to a new director of cricket at the club was going, Trescothick admitted that results had been disappointing but expressed his confidence that fortunes would improve as Nosworthy's methods were given time to bed in.

Asked how things were going with Nosworthy, Trecothick said: "I don't know really. It seems okay but we're just not delivering on the pitch. Whether there's any correlation between him and our results is hard to work out. He's settled in well; he's worked well with the guys in trying to change things slightly behind the scenes and trying to be more disciplined and improve as cricketers. It'll just take time and then we can make that next step."

Marcus Trescothick was speaking at the launch of the 2013 Friends Life t20 competition. For more information and to buy match tickets please visit ecb.co.uk/FLt20. #FLt20

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • colin on June 26, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Chris Jones, First Class average of 17 before this game............55 not out at the moment.So much for the "best attack in the world2............

  • Chris on June 26, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Compton's strike rate is appalling, and it contains 2 hundreds. Makes me think that alot more players would've scored 2 hundreds in this many games if they had intended to take that long. The point remains that if England are attempting to become the best test team we should open up with Cook and Root, someone like Compton would be a good opener for Zimbabwe.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Compton seems a very steady Test match batsmen who is unfortunate enough to be around when a very special much younger talent in Root has appeared on the scene.

  • Jason on June 26, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    What else is Tresco going to say about a team mate? He hardly going to say that hes hopless and not international quality, is he.

  • John on June 26, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @ hhillbumper/ Munkeymomo - I think Craig was the more likely of the brothers but got injured and now Jamie seems to have taken up the reins. BTW MM - loved your troll response the other day. Funniest post I've seen on here

  • John on June 26, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @ siddhartha87 on (June 25, 2013, 16:47 GMT) 2 years ago definitely , last year possibly but I don't think Tres has scored a ton this season. Eng have a habbit of keeping underperforming players in the side for too long as it is

  • John on June 26, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    I do wonder whether the selectors would have left Compton out if Somerset weren't playing against Australia. Probably, I guess. They're obviously looking hard at Root as an opener but I think that they were from the start. If Root doesn't do well against Essex and Compton does against Australia, would it then be prudent to open with Root in the first Test?

  • Dinker on June 26, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    If Trescothick comes back England will have the finest opening pair in contemporary test cricket.

  • Jonathan on June 25, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    The other reason Trescothick should come back is that it would be the first (and possibly only) time that a side opened with two batsmen who were both born on Christmas Day.

    (It hasn't happened before - Trescothick has been in tests with Cook before, but Cook batted at three to allow Tres to open with either Vaughan or Strauss, his most usual opening partners.)

  • stuart on June 25, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Jamie overton is a special talent.Every time I have seen him this year he looks better and better. Of course he still needs to develop a bit but Somerset seem to have some proper young English talent

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