Nick Compton ‘feels right to return home’ to Middlesex

Nick Compton has signed a three year contract to return to Middlesex CCC until at least the end of the 2017 season.

Compton came through Middlesex’s youth system and played for the first eleven between 2001 and 2009. He left Middlesex to play for Somerset at the end of the 2009 season and in five successful years at Taunton scored more than 7,000 runs in all forms of the game.

It was in first-class cricket where Compton, 31, had most success, scoring 5,186 runs at an average of 55.86. This and 11 hundreds earned him a well-deserved England call up. To date he has played in nine Tests for England, striking two hundreds against New Zealand in the 2012/13 series.

As a boy I left my family home to move to London to play for Middlesex,” said Compton. “Because of this, playing for the Club at Lord’s has and always will be close to my heart.

“Leaving Lord’s to play for Somerset CCC was, at the time, a step in my development I felt I needed to make.

“The time I spent at Taunton was great for me,” Compton added. “Whilst at Somerset I grew as a player and a person. I also fulfilled the dream of representing England, which is something I am determined to do again.

Returning to Middlesex as a senior player is an exciting challenge for me, one I am really looking forward to.

“Lord’s is the Home of Cricket and with my family ties here the time feels right to return home. The prospect of playing and scoring runs at Lord’s has always excited me and hopefully I can come back and reproduce my best cricket here. By doing this I hope to play a key role in bringing success to Middlesex CCC over the coming seasons,” he concluded.

We are delighted to welcome Nick back to Middlesex,” said managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser. “Players of Nick’s ability do not become available very often and when we were made aware of his desire to move back to London we immediately moved.

“With Chris Rogers hopefully playing for Australia next summer we needed to find a high quality top order batsman and in Nick we have secured the services of one.

I was in charge at Middlesex when Nick left at the end of the 2009 season and, even though I could at the time totally understand his reasons for moving to Taunton, I was disappointed when he left,” Fraser admitted. “The move proved to be a good one for Nick - at Somerset he became an international cricketer.

“But it will be great to see him once again wearing a Middlesex cap and sweater, and I believe he has a lot to offer us both on and off the field over the course of the next five or six years.”


James Buttler

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