From the Boundary with Matty Kay: Time to drop Compton

From the Boundary with Scarborough CC's Matty Kay
From the Boundary with Scarborough CC's Matty Kay

Watching Nick Compton trudge off after another disappointing knock at Headingley this week, it is clear that he has to be dropped from the Test side.

With the imminent return of Kevin Pietersen just in time for the Ashes, surely the selectors have to move Joe Root up the order and slip KP into the middle order.

Rooty’s good form since coming into the side is great news for both England and Yorkshire and I think he would do a good job at the top of the order with Alastair Cook.

Jonny Bairstow has also done well since coming into the side and we have a lot of depth in the batting department with the likes of Michael Carberry, Alex Hales, James Taylor, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler waiting in the wings for someone to slip up.

I think KP has to play in the upcoming Ashes series and I think he might then decide to walk away and maybe play some IPL for one final payday.

You can’t really argue with the initial selection of Compton (pictured right), who was averaging very well at Somerset and possibly deserved the nod.

But we need to be firing on all cylinders for the Ashes and Compton is hopelessly out of touch with the bat and it makes sense for somebody else to come in.

A lot was made of both the decision not to enforce the follow-on and then the slow run-rate by Jonathan Trott after tea on day three.

I personally would have enforced the follow-on and gone for the quick victory, but I can see why Cook decided to bat again as they needed time in the middle before such a big series.

I don’t see why people were having a go at Trotty.

Cook was going well at the other end and England were in a solid position.

Why would he want to throw his wicket away?

He did manage to hurry along the run rate at the start of day four and England won comfortably.

You can’t legislate for the weather forecast. They thought it was going to rain all of Tuesday and they managed to find time to knock over the remaining wickets they needed.

Joe Root was rightly named man of the series, and while it’s great news for England, cricket fans in Scarborough might have to miss him when Yorkshire come to town next week.

You’d expect Bairstow and maybe Tim Bresnan to be involved with England’s one day set-up too, so Jason Gillespie will need to utilise his full squad for the County Championship game against Notts from Wednesday to Saturday and then the Yorkshire Bank 40 clash with Leicestershire on Sunday.

The ground is looking in great condition and as a club we are all really looking forward to having them here again.

It is great to see the ground packed with cricket fans supporting Yorkshire and I know all the players love coming here too.

Hopefully we will get some good weather and the game will go the full four days.

The Saturday would be great as the kids will be off school, and if under-12s are accompanied by an adult, they can get into the ground free of charge.