Nicholas Richard Denis Compton is a South African-born English cricketer who is a right-handed top order batsman and occasional right-handed off spin bowler. He is the grandson of Denis Compton he plays first-class cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club. Upon completing his A levels at Harrow in June 2001, Compton joined Middlesex on a summer contract. Compton made his Middlesex first-team debut in the Norwich Union League at the end of the 2001 season, batting at six he scored just 6 runs from 9 deliveries in a 40 run defeat by Glamorgan. His impressive performance for Middlesex's Under-19s and Second XI led him to receive the NBC Denis Compton Award. The following winter, he was selected for the England Under-19s squad to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in January and February 2002. He played in Norwich Union League, impressing in reaching his maiden one day half-century with an 86 not out against Lancashire which consequently led to him winning the Middlesex's NBC Denis Compton award for the second consecutive year. His breakthrough season saw him score 1,315 runs at an average of 46.96, topping Middlesex's first-class runs charts and taking home the NBC Denis Compton Award for a third time in 2006. In 2010, Compton subsequently signed for Somerset on a multi-year contract. Compton was the only English batsman to score 1,000 runs in the County Championship and won the PCA Player of the Year award for the first time.
When an English cricket legend played in the Ranji Trophy
Compton played three Ranji Trophy matches and 7 other games during his stint in India between 1944 and 1946. In the 10 matches, he scored over 1300 runs at an average of 87, which included 7 centuries.
With the return fixture of the Ashes quickly approaching, all eyes were on the selectors when they announced the squad for the trip. The inclusion of Michael Carberry over Nick Compton certainly raised a few eyebrows among Betfair punters.Before being usurped by Joe Root, Compton was trailed as England’s opening batsman. He played nine tests for England and managed to score 479 runs at an average of 31.93 runs an innings; during this time, he managed to hit two hundreds and one fifty.Although not better than Root, Compton is a safe back up to have; he was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the year in 2013.Michael Carberry played for England in the subsequent one day internationals after the conclusion of the Ashes but has only ever played one test for England. During the one-day internationals, Carberry did little of note to warrant selection over Compton. He hit a score of 63 in one match but did little else.Many people who gamble with Betfairview Carberry as a one-day player and not a test-match cricketer.Away from the international stage, the two are fairly similar at county level. Compton (Somerset) has a batting average of 43.94, while Carberry’s is 43.29. Carberry (Hampshire) has played more games at county level and has more hundreds than Compton: 28 to 20. Compton scored 1001 in this year’s County Championship while Carberry playing in the division below has managed only 687.Why England have opted for Carberry over Compton remains a mystery. Compton has more experience on the international stage, plays at a higher level of cricket than Carberry, and is a better run scorer, as well as being a Wisden Cricketer of the year.