Compton to take an extended break from cricket

England batsman Nick Compton has decide to take an extended break from all cricket following his disappointing performances in the Test series against Sri Lanka.

The 32-year-old Compton made scores of 0, 9, 22*, 1, 19 in the recent three-match series against Sri Lanka and would likely have been dropped for the upcoming series against Pakistan.

The right-handed batsman was recalled to England's Test side, after two years on the sidelines, for the tour to South Africa at the end of last year.

He performed well initially with an 85 and 49 in the first Test in Durban but his scores got significantly lower as the tour went on and he never improved in Tests at home this summer.

The decision to take a break means Compton will miss games for his county Middlesex, with his Test career now seeming over.

Middlesex's director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: "Nick sets himself very high standards and makes a huge commitment to cricket.

"We all believe that some time away from the game now will allow him to refresh, recharge and return to play the sort of cricket we all know he is capable of producing.

"During this period Nick will receive the full support of Middlesex and the England team management."

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