New Zealand v England: Compton looks to cement batting spot

New Zealand v England: Nick Compton says he must replicate his recent performances to nail down his position at the top of the order

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The third Test gets underway in Auckland on Thursday Photo: The Sport Review

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Nick Compton believes he has still not done enough to cement the final England opening spot ahead of this summer’s Ashes series.

Following his failure to make a significant contribution in India last year and the emergence of Joe Root, Compton’s place was under threat before he hit two centuries in the first two rain-affected Tests against New Zealand.

“I’ve done well, but do I feel established? No, I still feel a long way off,” said Compton.

“I think it’s great to be a part of this team and contributing but it’s still early days. It’s my second series.”

Compton scored 117 in Dunedin to help guide England to a draw, before posting 100 on day one of the second Test in Wellington.

Now the Somerset batsman is concentrating solely on the decisive Test in Auckland, starting on Thursday, with 29-year-old putting thoughts of the Ashes series to the back of his mind.

“I’ve dreamed about the Ashes since I was a little boy,” he added.

“It’s something that now feels a bit more tangible but it’s not something I’m thinking about at the moment.

“My mind is on this New Zealand series. To look too far forward is not wise.

“Maybe when you drift off to sleep you think about the Ashes, any aspiring cricketer would do, but right now I’ve got to be honest – I’m looking at the next game.”

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