Ahead of England’s test series against the visiting Sri Lankans, the English selectors are posed with a serious issue. The selectors need to make an incredibly tough call of selecting one of the two individuals. The individuals in question are Ian Bell and James Vince. The batting style of the two might be similar, but experience wise, they are surely poles apart. While Bell has been a veteran for England, Vince is yet to make his debut.
However, there might be a case for Vince, who has found great backing in the English camp. Former England coach, and current coach of the England Lions, Andy Flower was in complete awe of Vince. Flower said that Vince’s latest run in the county scene, where he played a string of good knocks, could work in his favor for the test series.
“He made a great start this season with Hampshire up at Yorkshire making a hundred in a tough situation against a good attack, one that’s used to winning,” Flower said. “That bodes well for him and he’s learnt a lot about himself over the last few years. I’d be surprised if he’s not pushing hard for selection for that first Test.”
Adding to his skills, Flower said, “Tactically he’s very astute and very calm.” “His players like playing for him and he communicated very well with his bowlers. I think he’s really started to enjoy the responsibility of captaincy and that’s been great to see. That’s very much part of our job, to give them these experiences.”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan too backed Vince to do well and said that the youngster must be in the scheme of things. “You have to try to move the team on with better players and I think Vince is the better player,” Vaughan said. “He’s played well for Hampshire for many years. He’s got the right style of game that might even go to another level when he plays Test cricket.”
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