Compton calls it a day

05 October 2018 19:09:59 GMTPlus11

Former England batsman Nick Compton has announced his retirement at the age of 35.

Compton did not make a single first or second team appearance for Middlesex during 2018 - his testimonial season at the club.

"After almost two decades of professional cricket, I am announcing my retirement from the game I love so much," Compton said.

"It has been a privilege to play first-class cricket for Middlesex, Somerset, and the MCC.

"Of course, the pinnacle of my career was following in my grandfather Denis Compton's footsteps, having achieved my dream of playing and winning Test series for England.

"I am particularly proud of my successful opening partnership with Alastair Cook and our series victory in India, the first time in 28 years an England team has won in India.

"There have been some challenges that I have had to confront, but in spite of these I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this career of mine.

"For one, being named one of Wisden's five cricketers of the tear in the 150th Anniversary Edition alongside both my cricketing hero Jacques Kallis, and my school friend Hashim Amla."

Middlesex chief executive Richard Goatley added: "Nick has been a very special servant to the club, culminating in his key role in the Championship-winning success of 2016.

"Nick is highly valued by Middlesex Cricket and we are delighted that he will remain with the club in an ambassadorial role. We welcome his all-round ability, and want him to add further value by helping to inspire our future success in an off-the-field capacity."

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