'Debutant' Compton advised to 'live up to own talent'
England opening batsman Nick Compton, who made his debut in the first Test match against India at Ahmedabad, has been advised to plough his own furrow despite being the grandson of legendary Dennis Compton.
In 78 Tests Dennis scored more than 5,800 Test runs at an average above 50 and was the outstanding batsman of his generation, and as the 'Brylcreem Boy' a matinee idol to go with it.
However, Nick has had to work hard and wait for his chance, but now he has it, and a man who knows better than most why Denis was a 'one-off' has backed him to produce the goods in his own way.
Alan Moss played with Denis Compton during the 1950s for both Middlesex and England during his nine Test career, and as Middlesex president between 2003 and 2005, he oversaw the emergence of younger Compton on the county staff.
"I think his grandson is a very good player indeed and Denis would be very proud of him," the Daily Mirror quoted Moss, as saying.
"Denis was absolutely fearless when it came to batting. I don't mean fearless with pain, but fearless of failure and that allowed him to play with such style. The boy can't live up to that and he shouldn't try to. He needs to be himself because he is a very, very good player," he added.
"The grandson should not suffer by comparison, he should live up to his own talent because he's got it. He will never emulate his grandfather, he does not have the same personality or the same flare so he must play his way. Denis was a one-off. Totally different to anybody else," he said.