Nick Compton: England batsman 'will benefit from Somerset stint'

Nick Compton

England's Nick Compton will benefit from playing again with Somerset, says director of cricket Dave Nosworthy.

Opener Compton is vying for a place in the team for the Ashes, but has found himself struggling for form with the bat, scoring 54 runs in six innings.

The 29-year-old is set to return to the county next week following England's second Test win over New Zealand, in which he managed only eight runs.

"The next few weeks are vital for his career," Nosworthy told BBC Somerset.

"Getting selected for the Ashes is a dream of his so he needs to come back and do the basics.

"They'll be no pressure when he gets home. The boys love having him here and if we can help pick up the bits and pieces that will be great news.

"I'm sure he'll go on and do a heck of a job for England."

South Africa-born Compton earned an international call-up after finishing last season as the County Championship's top scorer with an impressive 1,191 runs from 11 matches.

He made his England debut against India at Ahmedabad in November and has now played in nine Tests.

Compton made back-to-back centuries on the tour of New Zealand in March, but struggled during the recent two-Test series against the Kiwis.

England coach Andy Flower has said Compton will need to score "heavy runs" for Somerset to put himself in contention to face Australia in the Ashes, which begins at Trent Bridge on 10 July.

And without a win in Division One this season, Nosworthy says the batsman will be welcomed back to Taunton.

"Nick is vital to our side. He scored thousands of runs last year and was superb for Somerset.

"I'm looking forward to having him back and hopefully he's happy to be home."

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