James Vince happy to contribute to England success

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James Vince has made an eye-catching start to his England career, but will be out to prove another point next time he gets set for his country.

The 24-year-old Hampshire captain was given an immediate chance to prove his worth, as England use the three-match series against Pakistan as a testing ground for all their ICC World Twenty20 hopefuls.

Vince, who made his debut but never had the opportunity to bat in last summer's rain-wrecked one-day international against Ireland in Dublin, has made handy contributions - and a good impression - in each of his innings at number three in back-to-back victories at the Dubai International Stadium.

As England seek to wrap up the series 3-0 in Sharjah, he is hoping for one more stage here to state his case for inclusion in the squad to take on the world in India in March.

Trevor Bayliss and captain Eoin Morgan have been fluid in their selection, so no one is certain to be involved on Monday - but Vince stepping up to open the innings, with one of Jason Roy or Alex Hales rested, is one option.

As for his output so far, 79 runs in two attempts, Vince has done those World Twenty20 prospects no harm at all.

He said: "I was included in the squad last summer, but didn't get the chance to play.

"So it's nice to come out here and get an opportunity - (and) I'm enjoying every minute of it. It's been a steady start.

"It would have been nice to go on and get a bigger score in one of the games, but I would definitely have taken it at the start of the series."

His England team-mates will fly home on Tuesday, but Vince is due to stay on to lead the England Lions in another Twenty20 series against Pakistan's second string.

"That will be another tough series," he said.

"I get the chance to captain the Lions, so it will be another good experience."

A 50-over series will follow, when the Lions return after Christmas - and Vince will relish that too, as he seeks to prove he is a potential ODI and Test batsman too.

"I'd love to play all formats," he added.

"My first chance has come in Twenty20. (But) I hope I can push on, find my way into the 50-over side - and the Test side as well."

England prepared for the final match of their tour with just a one-hour training session in which they took one another on at football rather than cricket, at the Dubai Sport City academy ground.


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