White: Vince is ready for England

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Giles White believes James Vince is now ready to make the step-up for England.

The Hampshire director of cricket saw the 23-year-old fire a second century of the season with a brilliant unbeaten 118 in the Championship clash with Surrey as the home side ended a rain-hit day two on 289 for three.

It took Vince on to 400 runs for the season already and just five runs behind Ian Bell, who currently leads the domestic standings and helped fire him into contention for Test recognition.

England’s potential gain would be Hampshire’s loss in their quest for promotion from division two.

But White insists there would be no issue if Vince got the call.

White said: ‘We don’t think about losing him for Hampshire – not at all.

‘We want him to play for England.

‘It’s a part of our role as a club to produce England cricketers.

‘If he was to be lucky enough to step up, we would be over the moon.

‘He’s the outstanding young batsman at the moment and he has got the potential to go all the way.

‘He’s in a good place and long may that continue.’

Having been elevated to vice captain for this season and named as t20 skipper, it could be a big campaign for the homegrown batsman.

But White believes he has matured and backed him to adapt to international cricket.

That’s if he is invited to play a part in a new era for England cricket.

White said: ‘I think he is maturing as an individual.

‘The elevation to captaincy and more managerial responsibility are testament to the maturity he has shown.

‘He has become a better player and he is heading in the right direction.

‘But I believe he is doing all the right things.

‘If you put him into a situation and an environment as we have done, he has always shown he is very capable.

‘If he was playing at a higher standard, I would expect him to be comfortable at that level.

‘England know about James Vince.

‘He is very much in the system and on the radar.

‘But I think he is a good all-round player.

‘The higher the level, perhaps you are more likely to get more short-pitch bowling from certain teams.

‘But until you face that, it’s very difficult to know how he’d cope.

‘From what I’ve seen in country cricket, I haven’t seen that as a weakness and his all-round game is strong.’

White preferred not to make the selectors’ decision for them but he believes Vince is doing everything he can to impress.

He said: ‘It’s difficult for me to say but he looks every bit a potential England player.

‘He has been for a season or so now but if he keeps on putting in these types of performance, he will be knocking loudly on that door.

‘There are a lot of other good players out there but I am sure he is one of the players that the selectors are aware of.

‘This can’t do his chances any harm at all.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the step-up this year.’