Compton returns to 'special' venue
Published: 13 May 2013
Nick Compton is eagarly awaiting his return to Lord's this week as part of Alastair Cook's 12-man squad for the first Investec Test of the summer against New Zealand.
As grandson of the legendary Middlesex and England batsman Denis Compton, Lord's is a ground that holds a 'special' place in the 29-year-old's heart.
Lord's is a very special place
Born in South Africa, Compton started his county career in England with Middlesex where he spent four years between 2006 and 2010 before heading to Taunton to join Somerset.
Now seven Tests into his England career, having replaced Andrew Strauss at the top of the order following his retirement, Compton will be given the chance to emulate his grandfather this week and get his name on the famous Lord's Honours Board.
Compton's Lord's Memories
Grandfather Denis scored a 116 against New Zealand back in 1949 - his third and final Test century at Lord's - as well as notching up tons against the West Indies (120) and South Africa (208) in 1939 and 1947 respectively.
Speaking to Lord's TV last month, Compton said: "It would be an absolute dream to get a hundred for England at Lord's, hopefully that time will come and if I get to walk out there then I've got the opportunity."
When Compton does walk through the Long Room this week it will be a moment to savour for a player who admits that coming back to Lord's is like coming home.
"Lord's is a very special place. It takes me right back to when I first arrived in England as a thirteen-year-old and I met my grandfather in the Middlesex committee and he showed me around Lord's."