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Born on 26th June, 1983 in Durban, South Africa, Nick Richard Denis Compton is an English right-handed top order batsman and right-arm off spinner. He was the grandson of Denis Compton, a well-known test cricketer of England and an Arsenal footballer. Nick developed his cricketing skills under the leadership of Tim Boon.
Nick completed his education from Harrow school and later left a degree in social science at Durham University in midway due to his persistent groin problem and subsequently his cricketing career came to a halt. During his school days, Nick scored many centuries and even led his side in last summer. He was selected in U-19 Middlesex team in 2000 at a young age of 17. At 18, Nick played as an opener against West Indies XI for ECB schools XI and soon after he was selected to play at No 3 for England U-18 against same opposition.
Nick started his List-A debut in 2001 for Middlesex and First class debut in 2004. He played in U19 world cup against Australia in 2002. In the same year, he made his test debut against India. Nick was picked in senior side in 2006 and then he never looked back. He scored six centuries and a career best of 190 against Durham. . Nick scored 1,315 runs at 46.96, top average playing for Middlesex side. In comparison of first class centuries scored, he was second to Mark Ramprakash. Nick was chosen to represent England in Bangladesh where he continued his form and was named player of the tour along with Matt Prior.
Although 2007-2008 were plagued with injuries for Nick, once back to full fitness in 2009, he again topped the averages for Middlesex with 860 first class runs. In one-day cricket he racked up 694 runs at 77.11, including a career best of 131 against Kent.
‘Wisden Cricketers' Almanack named Nick as one of their five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in April 2013. Recognized as the most promising player for Middlesex in 2001 and 2002, Nick received ‘Denis Compton’ award by Middlesex. Nick was in a relationship with his girlfriend Kitty Spencer that lasted for a year. Kitty is the eldest daughter of Earl Spencer and niece of Princess Diana.
Apart from cricket Nick has zeal for media, presentation on TV, radio commentary and even writing columns for popular magazines and newspaper. He writes quite frequently for ‘Cricinfo’ and ‘The Cricket Paper’, and one can even find his published articles in ‘Wisden Cricket’ monthly and ‘All Out Cricket’. He has even featured on ‘Sky Sports’ and is a customary contributor to ‘Cricket AM’.
Nick even ran a coaching program for ‘Compton Cricket Club’ in downtown LA in November 2011. The purpose of this coaching was to control the ill effects of gang activities widespread among the youth of Compton, South Central LA by teaching them principles and ethics of cricket.
‘Frankwater’, a Bristol based organization of ethical entrepreneurs, researchers and field workers have branded Nick as its ambassador. This organization funds sustainable clean water projects in developing countries across the world.
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