Compton ready to grab second England chance

Nick Compton admits that he did not grab his chance in the England side the first time and is looking to cement his place in the Test team in the four-match series in South Africa.

The now 32 year-old Compton has played in nine Tests, the last of which came in May 2013, scoring 479 runs including two centuries at an average of just under 32.

The right-handed batsman is set to bat at number three in the Test series against the Proteas, that starts in Durban on Boxing Day, and says he has not changed much since his last stint in international cricket.

Compton said: "I didn't take my chance with both hands. I didn't play as well as I would have liked. I didn't feel I needed to change my game. I always felt my game was built on pretty solid foundations.

"It's just about getting my head down and watching the ball.My aim is to get myself in and give myself the best chance. The more time I can spend out there, I feel I'll be doing a job for the team and myself.

"The key is to push on and get some big scores because that helps the average and your tally of runs."

The Boxing Day Test will be followed by further games in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Centurion.

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