Trescothick backs Compton to keep producing the goods
Marcus Trescothick is adamant team-mate Nick Compton can help score the runs that keep Somerset in LV= County Championship Division One and revive his England career at the same time.
Compton played the last of his nine Tests for England at the end of May, going back to Somerset and featuring in all bar four of their 23 games ahead of this week’s four-day clash with Warwickshire.
During that period England have gone on to win the Ashes, heading into the fifth and final clash at the Oval 3-0 ahead, however they are yet to score 400 runs in an innings during the series.
Compton himself has been in fine form since returning to Somerset, scoring 166 in his first first-class match after being dropped by England with 481 runs notched in total from five matches.
That includes 81 and 34 in a tour match against Australia while he was allowed a one-off switch to Worcestershire as they too played England’s Ashes opponents and hit 79 and 26.
An England call-up hasn’t materialised though but, with five County Championship games left this season and Somerset a place above the drop, Trescothick admits he can change all that.
“I don’t think Nick has been forgotten just yet – his name is there or thereabouts,” said Trescothick, who was speaking on behalf of County Championship title sponsors LV=.
“Should someone get injured or if they should want to change the line up then obviously he has got a very good chance at the top. He’s certainly one of those next in line.
“He’s at Somerset and no one wants to be relegated of course. The top flight is the best cricket around and that’s why it is the closest part to playing international cricket.
“That is the challenge for everybody to try and maintain that but as we all know there are only nine teams that can be in that so someone has to miss out.”
Of Compton’s 19 games for Somerset since his last England Test against New Zealand in May, 14 of them have come in the FLt20 and Yorkshire Bank 40.
Compton initially didn’t feature in the shortest form of the game but, soon drafted in, skipper Trescothick has been impressed by his attitude shown.
“He’s travelling OK. He’s obviously played quite a bit of one-day cricket in the period that we’ve had off away from the Test game so he’s travelling OK and working at his game hard,” added Trescothick, who scored nearly 6,000 runs for England in 76 Test match appearances.
“We are aware of the situation in the County Championships and we’ve got a bit of work to do coming up for the big games left towards the end of the season.”
Marcus Trescothick was speaking on behalf of County Championship title sponsors LV=. To Vote for your LV=County Championship Breakthrough Player, visit www.LV.com/cricket