James Vince: England fans ain’t seen nothing yet

Hampshire skipper James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (150676-3745)
Hampshire skipper James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (150676-3745)
James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (170455-8793)

Vince relishing ‘second chance’

  • Hampshire skipper toasts man-of-the-series award against Pakistan
  • Batsman eyes World T20 spot in India next year
  • Vince to lead England Lions against Pakistan A
  • Big Bash appearance also on the radar
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James Vince has told England fans there is more to come from him.

The Hampshire skipper landed the man-of-the-series award after the tourists grabbed a 3-0 twenty20 triumph over hosts Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The top-order batsman showcased his talents with scores of 41, 38 and 46 - topping the run charts with a tally of 125 - on his maiden first-team tour.

Having made his international debut in a rained-off 50-over clash with Ireland in May, it was Vince’s first real opportunity on the world stage.

The 24-year-old said: ‘It is nice to contribute.

‘I think I can play better than what I have done but it has been nice to contribute and win the series 3-0 is a great achievement.

‘Not many sides come here and win a series. And to win 3-0 is a great effort from everyone.’

Vince will now remain in the UAE to skipper the England Lions in five matches against Pakistan A.

An appearance in Australia’s Big Bash - with Adelaide Strikers interested in his services - is also in the offing, as he targets a place on the plane to India for the World Twenty20 in March.

Vince said: ‘I am joining up with the Lions squad to play Pakistan A.

I can play better than what I have done but it has been nice to contribute and win the series 3-0 is a great achievement

James Vince

‘We have got five proper matches, so that will be another tough series but another opportunity to spend some time in the middle.

‘That (World T20) is a big event to look forward to. Hopefully I can get some more runs under my belt in the Lions matches and see where it takes me.’

England completed their series whitewash with a super-over success over Pakistan.

Vince had earlier played a superb, 45-ball knock as Eoin Morgan’s side stuttered to 154 for eight in their 20 overs.

Having been promoted to open in the absence of Alex Hales, he struck three fours and a six and shared a crucial 60-run stand with Chris Woakes.

‘I struggled a bit to time it,’ said Vince.

‘It was a fairly tough wicket but the way Woakesy played at the end there to get us to a good score was magnificent.’

After Pakistan matched England’s score, Chris Jordan delivered a superb super over to give Morgan and Jos Buttler the simple task of chasing four runs for glory.

And for Vince, it brought back memories of a super-over success for Hampshire in a pre-season tour of Barbados.

He said: ‘We were chasing nought and we got it with one ball to go!

‘They can be quite nervy occasions to get over the line.’

Reece Topley, who will join Hampshire for the 2016 season, also featured in the series.

The left-arm seamer played one match and took three for 24.