Compton could return against Worcestershire
Somerset batsman Nick Compton feels close to regaining full fitness after a confidence-boosting innings against the county for Yorkshire in a second XI match.
The England Lions man made 39 before retiring out, although that was not enough to avert an innings defeat for the White Rose county in the three-day friendly at Taunton Vale.
Compton, who this summer narrowly failed to amass 1,000 runs before the end of May, said: “I will definitely put myself forward for next week’s (first-team) game against Worcestershire.
“I want to help Somerset end the season well and finish the summer strongly myself.”
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Yorkshire were bowled out for 153 and 124, with Somerset making 448 in between.
Compton added: “I retired on 39 because I didn’t want to push it too far.
“I felt in good nick and thought I played pretty much like I have played all year.
“My back felt good, but I just wanted to take it one step at a time and batting against Somerset’s bowlers was good fun.
“There was a bit of banter from the boys, but I took it very seriously and I’m glad that I felt in good touch.”
Compton expressed his appreciation to both coaches for allowing him to take part in the game.
“I am very grateful to both team coaches – Paul Farbrace of Yorkshire and Jason Kerr of Somerset – and it was good to be able to help theYorkshirebatsmen a little bit and pass on a bit of knowledge here and there because they had quite a young side.
“To end up playing against Somerset’s bowlers added a little bit more competition to the situation.”