New Zealand v England: Trott warns Compton against complacency
New Zealand v England: Jonathan Trott has warned Nick Compton that he must continue to score runs despite his second Test ton
Jonathan Trott has warned Nick Compton that he must continue to score runs in a bid to secure his position for England’s Ashes line-up, after the 29-year old notched back-to-back centuries in New Zealand.
Compton followed up his maiden Test ton last week with 100 on the first day of the second Test, as England reached 267-2 at the close in Wellington.
“It’s fantastic for him but there’s a lot of cricket left this year,” said Trott, who made 121 not out.
“You have to wake up tomorrow ready for another challenge.”
Trott and Compton compiled 210 for the second wicket having come together with the score 26-1, following Alastair Cook’s early dismissal.
“He’s worked extremely hard in county cricket, and now on the international scene he’s been given a chance to open the batting – and scored two big hundreds that have meant a lot in the context of the series,” Trott said.
However, Trott believes it is too soon to predict the personnel that will compose England’s batting line-up for the beginning of the Ashes in July.
He added: “You never know about that. There are so many things that go on in cricket; you can break a finger of something like that.”
“No-one’s got a divine runs to score runs or have good form. It’s all about taking your chance and being positive when you get it.”
The centurion believes that England have benefitted from losing the Test, after captain Cook revealed that he too would have bowled first.
“It wasn’t a bad toss to lose in the end and I didn’t think so at the time,” he said.
“As I walked past Alastair this morning I said to him I wouldn’t mind losing the toss and getting in on that.”
“It worked out well for us today but we have got to kick on tomorrow against a 10-over old ball.”