James Vince hopes moving to the top of the order for Hampshire in the County Championship will help secure an England recall. Vince has managed 13 Test appearances for England but hasn’t been involved since the draw against New Zealand in Christchurch a year ago.
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The 28-year-old is eager to secure a recall and, after holding talks with skipper Joe Root and national selector Ed Smith, he feels moving up the order with Hampshire could give him a chance of breaking back into the England side.
“We spoke a couple of weeks ago and I asked the question, ‘what’s my best way of getting back into the side?’ and the feedback I got really was they prefer moving people down the order rather than up the order, so by opening the batting here, I give myself the best chance of putting my name forward,” said Vince, as reported by ESPN.
“If I open here and a spot becomes available at No. 4, I get the feeling they’re more comfortable moving someone down the order, than batting five here and a spot becomes available at the top of the order, so that’s how I’m going to approach it.”
He added: “With a big summer coming up, I think there’s a few places that aren’t necessarily nailed down in that side so it’s another positive of opening the batting here and giving myself the best opportunity in probably what’s seen as the toughest time to bat, so if I can come through this first half of the year with some good form and some runs to my name, then we’ll see what happens.”