James Vince hopeful of making England Test debut in Sri Lanka opener

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James Vince will cherish every moment as he prepares to make his Test bow for England against Sri Lanka in the opening Investec match at Headingley, which gets under way on Thursday.

The Hampshire batsman is poised to fill the middle-order vacancy left by James Taylor, who last month announced his shock retirement because of a heart condition.

While Vince's first-class record is solid rather than spectacular, there is the feeling that he can thrive on the highest stage - as Ashes 2005-winning captain Michael Vaughan and former opener Marcus Trescothick did despite less-than-stellar records in county cricket.

Vince's technique at the crease has also evoked memories of Vaughan and the 25-year-old is eager to find out whether he has what it takes to shine at the highest level.

"I hope so, I'll soon find out," he told Sky Sports News HQ. "I just want to try to enjoy every second and do well, and just to be here and a part of this team is very exciting.

"I had dinner last night (with the team) and that's sort of when it sank in, really. It's great to be here and I can't wait to get going now.

"Hopefully I get the chance to play on Thursday and if I do get the chance to play it'll be a very proud moment."

Vince has plenty of reasons to be optimistic after compiling 119 at the same ground against a testing Yorkshire bowling group last month.

He added: "Coming here with some runs under my belt this season should give me some confidence going into the game on Thursday."

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