James Vince eagerly waiting for Test debut

James Vince during nets at Headingley
James Vince during nets at Headingley
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England batsman James Vince, who was named in the 12-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka is excited and eagerly waiting to make his debut in the longer format of the game.

Vince is expected to take up the position in the middle order which was vacated after James Taylor announced his sudden retirement from the game due to a serious heart condition.

A month earlier, Vince hit a fluent century against a strong Yorkshire attack in the County Championship match in Leeds, grabbing the attention of the selectors.

In his first ever Twenty20 International series against Pakistan last year, Vince won the player of the series award as his team completed a 3-0 victory in the United Arab Emirates.

Admitting that the reality sank in when he had the dinner with the team on Monday, Vince said that he can’t wait to get on the field and get going.

“I just want to enjoy every second and do well, and just to be here and a part of this team is very exciting,” Vince told Sky Sports News HQ.

“I had dinner last night (Monday) 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.”

After having scored 275 runs from four games in the ongoing County Championship for Hampshire, Vince is confident of carrying forward his good form when he makes his Test debut for England.

“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.

“Coming here with some runs under my belt this season should give me some confidence going into the game on Thursday.”

Since making his first-class debut in 2009, Vince has scored 6654 runs from 109 matches and has 18 centuries and 26 fifties under his belt.

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