Nick Compton is refusing to give up on his international career despite two years out of the England fold.
The Middlesex opener was axed prior to the 2013 Ashes series, having scored two centuries and averaging 31.93 in his nine-match run in the Test side.
England have since gone through several alternatives at the top of the order without giving Compton a second chance, and the 31-year-old feels that he has unfinished business with the international game.
He told The Guardian: "It is like being dumped by a girlfriend and you don't think they have given you the real reasons. There is no closure.
"But I am not going to give up hope. I don't want to accept it.
"I feel like I'm in the prime of my career now and I want to kick on again. I thought I was going well and then suddenly you get dropped and spend nights in bed lying awake reflecting."
South African-born Compton, grandson of England great Denis Compton, returned to Middlesex over the winter after five seasons at Somerset.