Vince well-suited to new England era

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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JAMES VINCE believes the new England era suits his style of play down to the ground as he pins his hopes on a second international outing.

The Hampshire t20 skipper was named in the squad for today’s t20 international with New Zealand at Old Trafford (6.30pm).

I think the way they (England) have been playing suits my game

James Vince

But after seeing his only international appearance curtailed by the weather in the recent abandoned clash in Ireland, he is desperate to get his chance – especially as his free-flowing style would sit so well with England’s new-found aggressive mentality.

Vince said: ‘I think the way they have been playing suits my game. It’s been a good series to watch.

‘In the past, watching England has not always been the most exciting thing.

‘But to beat the team who were runners-up in the World Cup was a great effort.

‘Everyone watched the World Cup and looked at how every team approached it.

‘The way England approached it before was a little bit tentative.

‘It almost took a bad day from the opposition for England to win.

‘Now if they play well, they are going to win the game and it’s much better to watch.

‘It’s great that a young group of lads have been given the freedom to play that way.

‘When Alex Hales first went into the side, they weren’t showing that sort of intent so he might have been caught in two minds on whether to play his own game or go along with what the team wanted to do.

‘Now I think they have all got the freedom to go and express themselves.’

Vince has yet to bat for his country and even if he misses out on selection this time, he knows it’s up to him to force his way back into the line-up.

He said: ‘It would have been nice to get an opportunity to bat in Ireland but the weather denied that.

‘Then the other guys were out in the West Indies and they were always going to come back in.

‘I did well to get into the squad in the first place and hopefully there is another opportunity this time.

‘If not, then I will keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I will get another go in the future.

‘I got presented with a cap and that was a proud moment.

‘We knew the forecast wasn’t great before the game and it was a bit of a downer on the day but it was still a proud moment.’

He added: ‘I’m not sure if they will change the one-day side too much.

‘If they want to have a look at me, then I might get a go.’