England off late have gelled profusely well as a unit and achieved the desired results. One can say that it wasn’t appropriate of the side to lose the ODI series against South Africa after being 2-0 ahead, but that doesn’t hide the fact that England are now a much improved limited overs side.
James Vince, who featured in the T20I series against Pakistan in UAE, is confident that he will find a spot in the T20 side despite facing intense competition from other batsmen. “I can’t hit it as far as Stokes and Buttler” he said. “Yes, I play more traditional cricket shots … but I think that’s why batting in the first six overs is good for me, when the field’s up. Then as the innings goes on, I try to pick the gaps – and if there’s one in my area, I try to give it a whack,” Vince said.
“It’s been a breakthrough year,” Vince said. “It’s only a start. I’ve had three matches, but they gave me some confidence going into this series. It is a very strong side and there are some exceptional players, so it is going to be tough to get in,” said Vince about his experience.
Vince also did not register his name for the IPL auctions, in a bid to cement a test spot for England. “I’m not sure my game’s quite where it needs to be to be picked up in the IPL anyway,” Vince said. “But it’s my first season as club captain of Hampshire – so I want to go back there, score some runs and get their season off to a good start and try to push my case for the Test side.” “My way in has been through Twenty20, but I’d like to progress to the one-day and Test sides.”
England selectors are under pressure as they have given a youngster like Vince the chance while axing Kevin Pietersen from the setup. The experience middle order batsman is currenly playing in PSL and will play in IPL as well.