Compton admits concerns over Test future


England's tour of South Africa provides Nick Compton the chance to prove himself at Test level once again, something the batsman admits he thought may not happen.

The 32-year-old has scored 479 runs at 31.93 in his nine Tests, but has not featured since opening the batting with Alastair Cook during the home series with New Zealand in 2013

He is likely to bat at three for England in the upcoming fixtures, after veteran Ian Bell was dropped, and is determined to make the most of his second chance.

I'm obviously pleased," he told the ECB website. "I have refused to give up on my long-term dream to be a successful Test cricketer.

"Now I've got another challenge. I'm out there to do a tough job, and I will give everything of myself to be a valuable asset to England's top order. 

"I knew I was under consideration, but the way things have panned out for the last couple of years I've probably erred on the side of caution in terms of managing expectations.

"I was hopeful and I was also prepared for the worst. That's why it feels so great to have been given this new opportunity."

Compton is joined in the squad by Gary Ballance, who has been handed a recall of his own after being dropped during the Ashes earlier this year.

"It came as a bit of a surprise," he told Yorkshire's official website. "I can't wait to get back into the squad.

"It was great to get the phone call and nice to get good news, I can't wait to get started.

"I will do everything I can over the next weeks to get myself mentally and physically ready to hopefully perform."