DALE BENKENSTEIN believes James Vince can prove to be a worthy Hampshire leader after handing him the captaincy.
Skipper Jimmy Adams is unavailable for the trip to Yorkshire, with his wife due to give birth, so the 24-year-old has been tasked with taking charge.
People listen to him and want to follow himDale Benkenstein
Vince, who made his England debut in yesterday’s abandoned ODI against Ireland, is the club’s limited overs captain but it will be his first taste of leading the four-day side.
It is the first Championship clash Adams will miss since May 2012, but Benkenstein expects Vince to embrace the extra responsibility.
‘We will miss Jimmy, he is a big loss,’ said Benkenstein.
‘But his wife is due to give birth any day now, so it’s not ideal for him to be up in Yorkshire.
‘I’m confident in Vincey’s ability after his tour to South Africa with the Lions.
‘There was a lot of praise for his captaincy over there.
‘Sometimes he can get a bit intense with his own game but it will help to keep his mind on other things.
‘And he has proved that he is a leader in his own way.
‘People listen to him and want to follow him.’
Benkenstein also insists he will allow the talented batsman to lead in his own way and make errors.
‘Vincey has captained in the t20 and I very seldom thought any differently to what he was doing out on the field. I thought his captaincy was excellent.
‘He hasn’t done it in the four-day game for Hampshire but I have every confidence he will do well.
‘It takes time to get that experience and he will make a few mistakes along the way.
‘But the quicker he does that, the quicker he gets better.
‘We will have a chat about a few things between the sessions but you have to be able to think on your feet.
‘That’s why you think hard about who you want your captain to be.
‘He has got good people around him so there is a lot of experience there.’
Sean Terry is set to replace Adams at the top of the order, while Hampshire are also waiting on wicketkeeper Adam Wheater’s ankle injury.
Youngster Lewis McManus will step in if the former Essex man is ruled out.