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Former England opener Compton retires from cricket

Former England opener Nick Compton says representing his country at Test level was the pinnacle of his career after announcing his retirement. Credit: PA

Former England opener Nick Compton says representing his country at Test level was the pinnacle of his career after announcing his retirement from all forms of cricket.

The 35-year-old made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 2004 and went on to play 194 matches, also representing Somerset at county level.

Compton was part of the Middlesex side that won the County Championship in 2016.

He also featured in 16 Tests, opening alongside Alastair Cook as the first man England turned to following the retirement of Andrew Strauss.

The right-hander struck a maiden Test century during England's tour of New Zealand in 2013 and made it back-to-back hundreds on that trip. His final Test came in 2016 against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Nick is grandson of former England Test player Denis Compton and expressed his delight at being able to follow the same path.

"Of course, the pinnacle of my career was following in my grandfather Denis Compton's footsteps, having achieved my dream of playing and winning Test series for England," Compton said in a statement.

Compton featured in 16 Tests, opening alongside Alastair Cook as the first man England turned to following the retirement of Andrew Strauss. Credit: PA

"I treasure the 16 Test matches I played for England, especially my back-to-back Test hundreds which I scored in New Zealand.

"I am particularly proud of my successful opening partnership with Alastair Cook and our series victory in India, the first time in 28 years an England team has won in India.

"There have been some challenges that I have had to confront but in spite of these I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this career of mine.

"For one, being named one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year in the 150th anniversary edition alongside both my cricketing hero Jacques Kallis, and my school friend Hashim Amla.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family especially, and also my 'inner circle', for the support they have given me. I hope I did all I could to keep the Compton family flag flying."