ANGUS Fraser has called on his Middlesex batting line-up to take a leaf out of the book of England new-boy and former team-mate Nick Compton.
Grandson of the great Denis Compton, ‘Compo’ broke into the England ranks this winter after making the journey from good county player while on the staff at Lord’s to international candidate in two strong seasons with his new county Somerset.
Middlesex’s director of cricket Fraser claims Compton’s meteoric rise shows how quickly a batsman’s fortunes can change and called on members of his own front six to pick up the mantle and begin staking their own claim.
He said: “Nick Compton should be a huge source of inspiration to a lot of players talked about as having the potential to go on to better things.
“If they have a couple of good seasons thay could be doing what Compo has done this winter.
“There is no reason why the likes of Joe Denly, Dawid Malan, Neil Dexter, Sam Robson and people like that can’t push through and start achieving those sorts of things.
“They may look some way away from it now, but these things can move very, very quickly.”
Robson was quick to respond to his boss’s clarion call, hitting 76 and 55 not out as the Lord’s tenants began their Division One campaign in style this week with a 10-wicket win over strongly fancied Nottinghamshire.
John Simpson (97 not out) was also in the runs while skipper Chris Rogers weighed in with half centuries in both innings.
There were career best bowling figures from both Toby Roland-Jones (6-63) and Dexter (5-27) as the visitors’ bowling unit showed its teeth, despite being a man short in the second innings because of a hamstring strain for new-boy James Harris.
With an attack of that quality, and England man Steven Finn set to be unleashed on Derbyshire today (Wednesday), Fraser knows his side will be more than competitive in the field and therefore the onus is on the batsman to find runs more consistently.
He added: “If we get runs this year, which I’m confident we will do, we have a bowling attack who are going to put the other side under pressure.”