Compton relishing special year

23 December 2017 03:09:41 EST

Former England batsman Nick Compton has been granted a testimonial season by Middlesex for 2018.

The 2013 Wisden Cricketer of the Year, and grandson of the great Denis Compton, won 16 England Test caps and scored two hundreds.

"I would really like to thank everyone and pay tribute to those who have contributed and supported my journey," said Compton.

"Middlesex have provided me with a home and the great foundations that have enabled me to reach my dream of winning the County Championship and playing for England.

"The legacy my grandfather left here at Lord's makes me extremely proud and I would like to pay tribute to him on his 100th year next year for providing me with the inspiration and the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.

"I've been incredibly fortunate to have experienced some of the things he did."

Compton returned to London a couple of years ago following a stint with Somerset.

"In two spells at the club, he has proven what a quality player he is and he is fully deserving of this accolade," said Middlesex chief executive Richard Goatley.

"I am sure that all supporters of Middlesex will be fully behind making Nick's Testimonial as successful as possible."

Meanwhile, England can be backed at 5/1 to win the fourth Ashes Test which starts in Melbourne on Tuesday.

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