It made slightly a pleasant Christmas current in December 2015. The touring England media have been struggling to put collectively an XI to play towards the South African media in a recreation on the Clifton college floor in Durban, in the week earlier than Christmas, when a few ringers, who had performed for the varsity 1st XI, have been dragged in.
Well, not precisely ringers. One of the gamers, Ben Compton, had a grandfather who had been the cricket correspondent of the Sunday Express so he was certified by DNA: Denis had additionally batted slightly effectively for England in his time. Ben Compton and his pal, each in their early twenties, crammed in very capably, too, scoring 50 apiece earlier than they’d to retire. Thanks to them, we managed to scrape a complete of a minimum of 140.
Since then Ben Compton had not gone from energy to energy, till this season. From 2019 till 2021 he didn’t rating as many as 100 runs in his eight innings for Nottinghamshire. This season he has clicked, as a left-handed opener for Kent, and is the one batsman to date to have scored three centuries in Division One, in which he can also be the main run-scorer.
Against some respectable assaults, too: the centuries have been made towards Essex, and two in the sport towards Lancashire, adopted by 93 as Kent managed to stave off Yorkshire final weekend. Compton has not been scoring shortly, at 38 runs per 100 balls, however then neither has England’s present left-handed opener Alex Lees, who has made two lots of in his three Durham innings.
With two and even three England Test batting locations there to be seized, the candidate who scores 1,000 first-class runs by the top of May could have a strong case. Compton, nonetheless, after scoring 560 in seven innings to date, has solely two video games left. Other candidates have three, like Harry Brook, who has the second-highest mixture for this season in Division One, 512, and has three video games for Yorkshire to go.