Vince in line for skipper role

Jimmy Adams and James Vince, right. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams and James Vince, right. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince is set to be handed more captaincy opportunities this season.

The 23-year-old Hampshire batsman led the side in their Natwest T20 Blast campaign last term, which ended at the semi-final stage, with regular skipper Jimmy Adams taking charge in the other formats.

But Vince, who recently captained England Lions in their one-day series with South Africa A, looks set to take command of Hampshire’s 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup campaign this term as well as retaining his t20 role – as long as he is not whisked away for England duty.

Adams said: ‘I will captain the four-dayers and we are working out who will do the 50-over stuff.

‘In an ideal world, I will do the longer stuff and Vincey or someone else will do the limited overs but nothing has been formalised as yet.

‘We need to get our 50-over cricket to click earlier than it did last year.’

Hampshire’s 50-over form was dismal last season with just one win from eight fixtures, which left them bottom of their group.

It was in stark contrast to the t20 effort and a successful four-day campaign, which ended with the title glory and promotion back to the top flight of the Championship.

While Adams knows his side must bridge the gap in standard to compete for the title, he believes they are well capable.

Adams said: ‘Division one is a step up and it will be a good challenge for all of us.

‘We’ve got to be wary that we need to start the season well.

‘Last time we were in division one, we were so slow out of the blocks, we were playing catch-up.

‘We would be mad to think we will go through the season with the same success of last season but there is certainly no reason why we can’t compete at the top end.

‘There will be some tough periods throughout the year.

‘But that is the nature of division one.

‘We were brilliant as a group last year.

‘We dug draws out from games we would have lost in the past and we won games through doing the hard yards.

‘We will need to do that a couple of notches up but I think we have got the team that can do it.’