England assistant coach Paul Farbrace insists James Vince is aware of his shortcomings and knows he must be more consistent if he is to nail down a permanent spot in the Test side.
Vince was a controversial selection for England’s Ashes squad, given the fact he had been dropped from the side after making just one run in the fourth Test against Pakistan at the Oval in August 2016 and had not been seen since.
He made an encouraging start in Brisbane, however, and hit an excellent 83 in the first innings but then reverted to type and failed to build on promising starts.
Scores of 25, 55, 17, 25 and 18 have followed but they are nowhere near good enough for a number three and it may well be that the Hampshire man must prove himself in county cricket once more to earn a spot back in the side.
There is no doubting Vince’s talent and some of the shots he has played Down Under would suggest that he is right at home in the five-day game, but it is the volume of runs scored and not how you make them that is the important thing.
Alastair Cook has never been easy on the eye but his record is unsurpassed by any Englishman and it is the ability to stick around and build an innings that Vince lacks.
Farbrace was brutally honest in his assessment of the right-hander’s record and stressed that the player admits he has underachieved.
“There's no doubt that James Vince needs to score more runs if he's going to play international cricket for England. He knows that,” he said. “Of course 25 isn't an average that any top-order batsman wants.”
Vince’s problems outside off stump have been well-documented and Pat Cummins has been his main tormentor over the past few weeks.
Cricket is a game of fine margins and for every cover drive that fizzes over the turf to the boundary, there is a nick to the slips keeper to send you on your way.
Sadly for Vince and his England colleagues there has been far too much of the latter since they arrived in Australia last year and bowlers around the world will all be aware of what has happened and be only to happy to prey on his weakness in the coming years.
The West Sussex-born star will have a chance to make amends in the upcoming Twenty20 tri-series with New Zealand and the Aussies and those who like a flutter on the shortest version of the game should take a look at this betting guide to find the best odds.
Farbrace has urged Vince to draw a line under what has happened in the disappoint five-Test series and to find a way of putting more runs in the book to fulfil his undoubted potential.
“You can't look back like that,” he added. “The blunt answer is he knows he has to score more runs if he's going to have a future with England.”