Former England starter Nick Compton has announced his retirement from the game. Compton, 35, did not participate in Middlesex during the 2018 season, which was also his benefit year, but he will continue to work for the club in an ambassador role.
Compton played 16 tests for England, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Denis. He was Alastair Cook's first partner after the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012, and played his part in memorable series of victories in India and South Africa.
His last cap came during the summer of 2016, a season that ended with the Middlesex uprising. the County Championship for the first time since 1993.
"After nearly two decades of professional cricket, I'm announcing my retirement from the game I love so much," Compton said. "It has been a privilege to play first class cricket for Middlesex, Somerset and MCC.
" Of course, the pinnacle of my career was to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather Denis Compton, having achieved my dream of playing and winning. Test series for England. I am particularly proud of my successful opening partnership with Alastair Cook and our series victory in India, the first time in 28 years that an England team won in India. "
Having started at Middlesex, the club is closely related With his family, Compton moved to Somerset in 2010. It was there that he found the form that would earn him the recognition of England, in 2012, he scored 1494 runs at 99.60, unable to become the ninth man in history to score 1000 races First class before the end of May
He made his international debut in Ahmedabad that winter and was part of the England team that came from behind to win 2-1 in India, Compton scored hundreds in Dunedin and Wellington in the next tour of England, a 0- Draw with New Zealand, but lost its place before the Ashes of 2013 despite an opening partnership with Cook that averaged 57.93.
A second arrival in 2015 he led him to score 85 and 49 at No. 3 while England won in Durban en route to a 2-1 series victory, but Compto n only played three more tests, making his final start against Sri Lanka at Lord & # 39; s.
"There have been some challenges that I had to face, but despite these I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this race of mine," he said. "On the one hand, being named one of Wisden's Five Crickets of the Year in the 150th Anniversary Edition [in 2013] along with my cricket hero, Jacques Kallis, and my school friend, Hashim Amla.
" Other Highlights include being chosen as PCA Player of The Year by my teammates, having been so close to being the first cricketer in 25 years to score 1000 races before the end of May, it is another of my first steps in making my test debut in India and receive my cap from the legendary Englishman Graham Gooch.  "I treasure the 16 test matches I played for England, especially my hundreds of consecutive tests that I scored in New Zealand, on the home front, which team I played in Somerset, and winning the County Championship in the Lord & # 39 The last day of the 2016 season for Middlesex provided everyone involved with an experience that we will savor for the rest of our lives. "
In total, Compton scored more than 12,000 first class races at an average of 40.42, the last of his 27 hundred coming to the Port Authority of Sri Lanka during a spell that played Sri Lankan domestic cricket on February.
He had already begun exploring options for his post-game career, working as an analyst during the summer for Sky and ESPNcricinfo. "I hope to continue with my other interests, particularly in the media and photography, as well as work in some companies," he said.
Middlesex CEO Richard Goatley added: "It's a sad day for us." Nick Compton has retired from professional cricket Nick has been a very special server for the club, culminating in his key role in success of Championship 2016.
"Nick is very much appreciated by Middlesex Cricket and we are delighted that he will remain with the club in an ambassador role. We welcome your comprehensive capability and want you to add more value by helping to inspire our future success in a capacity outside the field.
"He has effectively contributed to the work off the club field in the past, both with our senior leadership team and the sales team at Lord & # 39; s, and we hope to extend that work in the future." Nick Compton will always be Welcome to Lord & # 39; s ".