Nick Compton
Compton remains optimistic he has an international future.Getty Images

England batsman Nick Compton is hopeful the olive branch offered to Kevin Pietersen by ECB chairman Colin Graves is extended to all players within country cricket.

Pietersen has joined Surrey for the 2015 campaign in an effort to a reignite his international career which was unceremoniously halted after the 2013/14 Ashes whitewash defeat to Australia, with Graves promising a domestic return could see him reconsidered.

Having been marginalised by the ECB prior to the 2013 Ashes after being abruptly dropped from the England team, Compton knows the feeling of having impressive form go unrewarded all too well.

The 31-year-old has re-joined Middlesex with the hope of reached 1000 runs for a fifth straight year but does not want his form to be overlooked, particularly in the wake of the recent offer to the exiled Pietersen.

"There seems to be a blank canvas for all players," Compton told IBTimes UK. "How much truth that holds only time will tell but if there is a blank canvas it is in Kevin's interests to get back to doing the hard yards. Everyone else has to do it and that is how it should be.

"I hope it will reflect the whole country and for every player who perhaps feels out of picture. I hope the blank canvas extends to everyone.

"There are some big tours coming up and at the age of 30-31 careers should not be written off. Look at Australia, I am a firm believer that you pick your best eleven players.

"Hopefully [the ECB] will consider that there is an Ashes, there is a South Africa tour and they need tough guys who know their trade to play well in those series."

The South African-born opener, who has won nine Test caps with England, added: "There is always an eye on [England] and who knows what might happen.

"I'd like to get hungry again and really try and push. I am not that old and I should be in my prime now. You can try as hard as you can, make millions and millions of runs and still not get picked.

"The best thing you can do is put your head down and hope things might change, it seems like a lot if changing at the moment."

Part of Compton's preparation for the new year saw him feature in the traditional new season curtain raiser as the Marylebone Cricket Club team faced reigning county champions Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi.

Compton opened the innings for the MCC alongside England Test captain Alastair Cook, who had been left out of the World Cup after being stripped of the captaincy but his return to cricket saw him makes scores of five and three.

The performance was indicative of a poor 18 months for Cook in all forms of the game for his country but Compton is confident his form will improve in time for the three-match test series against West Indies.

"He is good enough to rectify his problems in the games coming up," he added. "He is a hard worker so I would never say he is in bad form and he's going to struggle. I think the challenges for him are the distractions.

"The pressure, the constant reminder of your form, your technique and you see it everywhere. I am sure after ten years it takes its toll but he is refreshed and I am sure he is coming in with hunger to put things right."

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