Former Richmond batsman Nick Compton is set to take a break from all forms of cricket with the support of the England team management.

The England Test star and Middlesex man has had a challenging start to the summer, with his spot at the top of the England batting order coming increasingly under pressure after a succession of low scores.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said: “Nick sets himself very high standards and makes a huge commitment to cricket.

"We all believe that some time away from the game now will allow him to refresh, recharge and return to play the sort of cricket we all know he is capable of producing.

"During this period Nick will receive the full support of Middlesex and the England cricket team management.”