Geoff Miller says England Test door still open for Nick Compton despite Ashes exclusion
Nick Compton's England career is not over, despite being left out of the Ashes squad, says chief selector Geoff Miller.
Last Updated: 23/09/13 6:39pm
The Somerset opener scored two centuries in nine Tests for England, both on the winter tour of New Zealand, but was dropped ahead of this summer's Ashes series with Joe Root promoted to open with skipper Alastair Cook.
Compton was told to go back to Taunton and score runs in county cricket, which he duly did.
But instead Hampshire's Michael Carberry - whose only previous Test appearance came in Bangladesh in 2010 - has been given the nod as cover for Cook and Root at the top of the order.
Compton's reacton was diplomatic. He tweeted "Congrats to all selected for Ashes. Disappointed to miss out. Honoured to have been a part of a successful year for England cricket#onwards."
Miller said it had been a difficult decision but they wanted to try to cover all bases.
"It's a selector's decision and what we've wanted is to give us as many options as we possibly can, hence the number of 17. So every option for whatever conditions," he said.
"There are obviously injuries that can happen on a tour, so to make sure that it's covered completely we needed 17 and so we've covered that and he (Carberry) has deserved his selection."
Asked what Compton had done wrong and what more he could have done to be brought back in, Miller said: "He's done partly what he needed to do, it's a difficult decision obviously.
"There are lots of players who are up for selection and don't quite make it, and they are difficult decisions but ones that selectors have to make.
"He was disappointed when I talked to him and explained the situation, disappointed not to be selected, but we can only select the ones that we think are right.
"He's not out of the picture, the door's not closed on him, which he's been made aware of."
Durham fast bowler Graham Onions, another man overlooked for the tour, could not hide his disappointment at missing out.
He Tweeted: "Disappointed is a understatement, absolutely gutted. I know I can be immensely proud of my efforts and what I've achieved this year. I pride myself on my county performances and will keep doing that."