Name: Nick Compton
Date of birth: 26/06/1983
International Team: N/A
Domestic Team: Somerset
Bowling Style: Off break
Batting Style: Right-hand
No-one in the England team goes into the Ashes under more pressure than Nick Compton.
The Somerset opener's scores of 1, 7, 15 and 16 in the two recent Tests with New Zealand have left some pundits calling for Compton to be dropped.
In New Zealand, on the winter tour, he appeared to have cemented his place with two important centuries. Compton looks certain to be given a chance but if he fails in the opening couple of Tests, England may choose to look elsewhere, possibly at Joe Root.
Compton's rise to Test cricket has been slow and steady. The grandson of the great Denis Compton was born in South Africa, but schooled at Harrow. He broke into the Middlesex team, but hardly set the world on fire.
It was his move to Somerset and the kinder batting strips of Taunton that really kick-started his career.
2012 was to prove his breakthrough season. He just missed out on becoming the first man since Graeme Hick in 1987 to score 1,000 runs before the end of May, rain at Worcester ruining his chance.
But in a season blighted by the weather, he scored an incredible 1,494 runs at 99.60 and the retirement of Andrew Strauss and omission of Kevin Pietersen meant England needed a batsman and Compton was called up for the tour of India.
In four Tests in India he scored just one half-century but he helped Alastair Cook give England several good starts - showing sound technique and bags of grit - and he was retained for the tour of New Zealand.
Two centuries followed, seemingly nailing down his place, but the failures at Lord's and Headingley against the Kiwis have again clouded the issue. And the Aussies know it. Compton can expect a verbal shoeing from the first ball he faces.
International Career Overview
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