Somerset batsman Nick Compton looking for another chance with England team
Somerset batsman Nick Compton hopes a strong start to the domestic campaign will put him back in the England frame.
Last Updated: 31/03/14 11:30am
Compton was dumped from the international set-up after the back-to-back series against New Zealand, struggling for runs in two home Tests after scoring a pair of belligerent centuries on tour.
Since then he has seen Joe Root and Michael Carberry open the innings with Test captain Alastair Cook, with mixed levels of success, and he would relish a chance to get back into England's plans, which is a possibility if he can get into rhythm in the early weeks of the County Championship.
"I had a nice refreshing time away from cricket over the winter and I've come back feeling strong and refreshed," Compton told Sky Sports.
"I'm looking forward to another good season and hopefully I can really try and add to this Somerset team and be strong support to the guys out there.
"We've got Alviro Petersen, Marcus Trescothick and some really good players so if I can do my job like I have been doing over the last three years I can push for honours again.
"Hopefully there is an open sheet for me to put my name forward again. It's just about getting my head down and scoring as many runs as possible.
"There's a lot of players who are going to want to put their hands up and hopefully I can be one of those at the forefront. I'm going to be fighting as much as I can but first thing is to start strongly with Somerset and really give as much as I can here. Hopefully those England honours can take care of themselves then."
Compton feels Somerset have the talent to avoid the struggles they went through in 2013, when they only just avoided the drop to Division Two after an up-and-down set of four-day results.
He added: "It's been the warmest pre-season I've ever had so we've been really lucky with that.
"It's a big season. We've got a slightly new regime with some young players who are another year older who have played well in pre-season.
"You don't want to look too much into pre-season because there is a long way to go and we have a tough start this season. A lot of teams go in looking to win trophies, but that's to come in September.
"The next month is really key to us - we need to get off to a strong start. We've had a couple of poor starts in the last few years and if we can start strongly against some strong teams like Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire then you can start to set your precedent from there.
"I don't like to look too far ahead. We did well to avoid relegation last year but there is definitely improvement needed."
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