Compton given Ashes lifeline

Nick Compton’s hopes of featuring in the Ashes have been thrown a lifeline by the England selectors after it was confirmed that he will play for Worcestershire against the touring Australians in a four-day match starting next Tuesday.

On his 30th birthday, 48 hours after he was omitted from the England team to play Essex in the pre-Ashes warm-up match, Compton’s defiant 81 for Somerset against the Australians made plain his fervent desire not to be left out. The England selectors have proved they remain interested in fulfilling Compton’s wish by facilitating his availability to face the tourists for a second time ahead of the first Investec Ashes Test, which begins on July 10.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the England management have requested Somerset release Compton from Friends Life t20 duty – a competition in which he was not necessarily going to feature anyway – and that Worcestershire have agreed to find room for him in their side. Read more
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