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Michael Vaughan has advised the out of form English opener Nick Compton to relax and not to think too much about his technique.
Compton is going through a dreadful phase at the moment. He is looking horribly out of touch and in his last 5 test innings, he has scored just 47 runs at an average of 9.40.
There have been speculations that Compton might be left out of the England squad for the upcoming Ashes series and on his place, Joe Root who has been in terrific form recently might be sent to open with Alastair Cook.
When asked about Compton’s recent form, Vaughan said, “His form has been poor in the last couple of test matches. He was struggling in domestic circuit as well before this series. I had seen him bat for Somerset at this venue a couple of weeks back and he had scored runs with a strike rate of almost 30. He was finding it very hard to hit the ball from the middle of the bat.”
“Players start thinking about different kinds of things when they go through a bad patch and the same is happening with Nick at the moment. He is thinking too much about his technique and that doesn’t help. He needs to switch off for some time.”
When asked about Joe Root’s hundred on the second day of the Headingley test match, Vaughan said, “That was a flawless knock. This young man is a special player and I see him as the future England captain. His temperament is just superb. He was playing test match cricket on his home ground for the first time, but, he didn’t look nervous at all and that’s incredible for a 22 years old guy.”
Root scored 104 runs off 167 balls in England’s first innings in the second test match against New Zealand.