James Vince has set himself the target of following in the international footsteps of team-mate Danny Briggs.
The talented Hampshire 21-year-old is among a clutch of young pretenders looking to make the grade for England over the coming years.
And with the current England batting line-up coming under scrutiny following some lacklustre recent performances, Vince, Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor, Somerset’s Jos Buttler and Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow are on the radar as potential candidates to freshen things up.
Vince was in the Lions squad for their winter tour to West Indies and Sri Lanka but knows his domestic form will be crucial if he is to muscle his way into the plans for this summer after seeing Briggs make his one-day international debut.
He said: ‘Briggsy really deserved his call-up.
‘For the past couple of seasons he has been the best performer of his kind so it was well deserved.
‘He did well on his debut and he was a bit unlucky not to play in the t20 matches. I’m sure he will be a big part of their plans in the future.
‘There are quite a few young guys playing in that squad now which is nice to see. They have shown in the one-day side that they are not afraid to give the youngsters a go.
‘But if you perform well in county cricket then your name is in the system and then all you can do is keep performing to see where it can take you.’
While Vince is counting down the days until the new campaign begins, another team-mate, Kabir Ali, will miss the start of the season after picking up an ankle injury on the pre-season trip to Barbados.
Ali said: ‘Basically, I landed on top of the ball and I just sprained it.
‘It’s very frustrating but these injuries are part of the game.’