Excited James Vince feels Ashes call-up is a Huge Chance to Prove
While considering himself as a dark horse, English batsman James Vince was taken by surprise after England Cricket Board’s National Selector James Whitaker pronounced the 16-member squad for Ashes 2017-18.
“Having played last summer and not doing that well I feel like I’ve got nothing to lose – I’m an underdog,” remarks on his return were published on the BBC Sport after talking to its Radio Solent.
The right-handed batsman Vince, who was unimpressive in his previous seven outings while donning the white jersey, is hopeful of contributing this time around for the team scheduled to fly to Australia on October 28.
“It’s come from nowhere really, hopefully I can play a part,” Vince added.
Delighted Vince is overjoyed over his inclusion for the Magellan Ashes series under the new leadership of Joe Root, as the former believes he is lucky to fetch the grand opportunity straightaway while adding he would like to grab it with both hands.
“To play for England last summer was special but being called up for an Ashes tour is the best thing that can happen,” Vince maintained.
As Vince was focusing on the professional Twenty20 leagues at home and away in South Africa, he went on to say that his chalked out procedure has been altered dramatically owing to the surprising recall in the Tests.
“My plans have changed a huge amount – I was due to play for Cape Town in the new South Africa league there and then go on to the Big Bash,” Vince remarked.
The Sussex-born 26-year-old batsman Vince, who expressed his satisfaction to rub shoulders with senior campaigners, is currently playing for Hampshire in the first-class set-up, as he has so far averaged 39.03 in 132 matches.
“I hadn’t really thought about a call-up – it came as a surprise,” Vince admitted.
So much so, while relying on his strength, he smashed 20 hundreds and 30 fifties in 217 four-day innings which suggested he has shown the character of staying at the wicket for the longer period – to score big scores.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to it,” Vince asserted.
Vince being straightforward in his response reiterated that he is looking out to make his case stronger at the top while stating it would be different conditions in Australia than England itself.
However, Vince referred that he has enjoyed his batting while playing professional league in Australia, but would love to be among runs to prove the critics wrong owing to the national allegiance.
“When I have played in those conditions, I’ve enjoyed batting there. I’ve read stuff about Australia winning the series easily so it’s nice to go out there and try and prove people wrong,” Vince further added.
With the unhealthy average of 19.27, Vince hadn’t given a thought of being included in the Ashes squad, before the much-awaited squad was announced on Wednesday, September 27 in London.
“I think my white-ball form has been really good and if anything I’d have said I was closer to being picked in white-ball stuff,” Vince concluded.
In 11 innings, Vince didn’t cross-post the fifty-run mark, as he settled with his highest score of 42 in the five-day format.
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