|Birth Day:||June 26, 1983|
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Born in South Africa, he moved to England in his teens and was a prolific captain for Middlesex on the Under-19 side during the 2000 season.
Upon completing his A levels at Harrow in June 2001, Compton joined Middlesex on a summer contract, and entered into the record books in his debut Second XI Championship match, Compton was the last of five batsman out in six balls bowled by Glamorgan paceman Alex Wharf.
In July 2002, Compton made his U19 Test match debut against India, but made a total of just six runs from his two innings opening the batting. He had to wait until August for his next first-team appearance where he played four further Norwich Union League, impressing in reaching his maiden one day half-century with an 86 not out against Lancashire. His promise saw him awarded Middlesex's NBC Denis Compton award for the second consecutive year. Compton did not play at all for the Middlesex first team during the 2003 season due to injury and made his first-class debut against Cambridge University Centre of Cricketing Excellence in May 2004, Compton played a further three matches in the County Championship that season, in addition to ten one day matches and his Twenty20 debut. He only played in one first-class match in 2005 but scored his debut half-century in the match against Cambridge UCCE. In the winter of that year he would continue to hone his skills by playing domestic club cricket in Durban for Berea Rovers, the former local club of South African-born England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.
He established himself in 2006, with a string of strong scores, including six centuries, and was award a county cap by the Middlesex in that season. His breakthrough season saw him score 1,315 runs at an average of 46.96, topping Middlesex's first-class runs charts, with his highest score of 190 coming in the County Championship match against Durham in July helping Middlesex to draw the match after being forced to follow-on. This breakthrough saw Compton awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award for a third time in 2006. Compton's good form saw him selected to tour with the England A team in Bangladesh in 2006–07. His highest score in a first-class match was 92 against Bangladesh A as he topped the England A averages with 140 runs at 46.66, though he did hit 152* in one of the minor tour matches.
The 2007 season saw a dip in form for Compton scoring less than 400 runs in first-class cricket with just three fifties, including featuring for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against County Champions Sussex. Although his one-day form improved with his first List A century in the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy against Sussex in June 2007, scoring 110 not out. During the 2008 season Compton only played five first-class matches scoring just 68 runs at an average of 8.50, thus the 2009 season was a marked improvement top scoring in first-class cricket for Middlesex with 860 runs including two centuries and three half-centuries.
Having left Middlesex because he wanted a fresh challenge, Compton subsequently signed for Somerset on a multi-year contract, where he was expected to bat in the top three. Compton enjoyed a moderately successful first season in 2010 for Somerset, in first-class cricket only scoring 465 runs but in one day cricket Compton scored six fifties helping Somerset to the 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 final against Warwickshire and recorded his highest score of 74 in Twenty20 cricket.
He started the 2011 season well for Somerset with a one-day century in the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 century against the Unicorns on 1 May 2011, and just over a week later scored his first ever double century in first-class cricket with 254* against Durham. Compton's first-class form continued with him scoring 1,098 runs at an average of 57.78 and being awarded his county cap for Somerset. The end of the season saw Compton helping Somerset against the odds to the semi-final of the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 in India.
With the earliest-ever start to a first-class cricket season, Compton took advantage by scoring 236 against Cardiff MCCU on 1/2 April 2012. This was the second earliest double-century in English cricket (after James Hildreth), and Compton's partnership of 450 with Hildreth for the second wicket set a new first-class record for Somerset.
Compton only scored 21 runs for the Lions but still appeared to be within range of becoming the first batsman to reach 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May for 25 years, before a washout on the second afternoon of Somerset's match against Worcestershire left him stranded on 950 runs. He nevertheless reached the landmark with a century the next day to become the earliest batsman to reach this milestone in 24 years. Compton's good first-class form continued until injury hampered his end to the 2012 season, while playing for the England Lions against Australia A in August 2012 despite scoring 46 in the first innings of the match he was ruled out of the rest of the match with back spasms. Compton finally returned to cricket on 6 September playing as a guest for Yorkshire Second XI against Somerset Second XI in their second innings scoring 39 and retiring not out in an innings defeat for Yorkshire.
Compton's performance in India was enough to maintain his place in England's Test squad for the tour to New Zealand in March 2013. Following a duck in the first innings of the first Test of the series Compton responded with his maiden Test century, scoring 117 as England drew the Test match. He proceeded to make a more fluent second century, scoring exactly 100, in the second Test match. Compton finished the drawn series as England's third highest run-scorer with 232 runs at an average of 46.40.
Compton was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013, recognising his achievements during the previous English season. Compton returned to County Cricket in late April 2013, with a century and half-century against county champions Warwickshire, and maintained his place in the England test squad for the home series against New Zealand. Compton fared badly in the two test home series scoring just 39 runs in 4 innings with a high score of just 16. He performed particularly poorly in the first Test, making scores of 1 and 7, although England still went on to win the match and the series 2–0. This failure led to renewed calls from the media for Compton to be dropped for the Ashes in favour of Joe Root, but Compton returned to first-class cricket for Somerset with a century against Durham, and then backed this up with a vital half-century at Derbyshire that guided Somerset to their first victory of the season.
On 12 December 2014, Middlesex County Cricket Club confirmed the return of Compton on a three-year contract. In January 2017 his contact was extended to the end of the 2018 season.
In November 2015, after more than two years out of the side Compton was recalled to the Test squad for the tour to South Africa. In the first test in his home town of Durban, Compton, batting at number 3 in the order, scored 85 runs from 236 balls in the first innings, and shared a century stand with James Taylor to help England recover from 49–3 to 303 all out.
In May 2016 Compton was announced in the England test squad for the first match against Sri Lanka. Many were suggesting that this would be his last chance for England, but he scored a first innings duck, after being caught behind of the bowling of debutant Dasun Shanaka. After England recorded an empathic victory in the first match, they named an unchanged side for the second and Compton kept his place for the second Test. He was dismissed for just nine in the first innings, but looked in better touch in the second innings and scored an unbeaten 22 to help England to a nine wicket victory. In the final match of the series he was out for one in England's first innings, before making 19 in the second, as the match ended in a draw.
Currently, Nick Compton is 39 years, 5 months and 7 days old. Nick Compton will celebrate 40th birthday on a Monday 26th of June 2023.
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