Batsman Nick Compton says he will be playing for his place in the side when England face Sri Lanka in this week’s second Test in Durham.
The 32-year-old was out for a third-ball duck in England’s only innings of the first Test win at Headingley.
In 14 Tests, the Middlesex player has scored 724 runs at an average of 30.16 and strike-rate of 35.62.
“If you don’t play well enough, you get dropped. That’s fundamentally how it works,” Compton said.
“You’ve got to score runs. I got nought at Headingley; I did okay in South Africa.”
Compton returned to the Test side last December for the tour of South Africa, following a two-and-a-half-year absence, and scored 245 runs in eight innings batting at number three.
He admits his style of play is not as exciting as all-rounder Ben Stokes – who has been ruled out of the rest of the Sri Lanka series through injury – but is confident about his own value to the side.
“We’re in the entertainment business, it’s about getting bums on seats, and I suppose watching Ben Stokes’ 200 is better than watching Compton’s 80,” he said.
“If I was sitting on the couch I’d rather watch Stokes’ 200. I’m by no means unaware of that.
“The way that I play doesn’t always look that pretty.
“I know deep inside me there’s a player in here who could change all those opinions very quickly – but unfortunately until you do it and people see it in real life, there’s no point in me saying anything else.”