Hampshire: James Vince to captain England Lions side

James Vince
James Vince takes over from Jonathan Trott, who led the Lions in the unofficial Tests

Hampshire batsman James Vince will captain the England Lions in their 50-over series against South Africa A.

The 23-year-old scored 152 not out to secure a draw for England's second-string side in the unofficial second Test on Tuesday.

Vince will lead the Lions for all five matches of the one-day series, which gets under way on Sunday.

"It was a huge honour when our coach Mark Robinson asked me if I would lead the team," said Vince.

He led Hampshire's Twenty20 side last season, and is also Jimmy Adams' deputy in one-day and Championship cricket.

"I have played under some great captains both at Hampshire and with the Lions, and I really enjoyed the captaincy experience I gained at Hampshire last summer," he said.

"We have already seen from the four-day games that South Africa are tough opponents, and if anything their squad for the one-day series looks ever stronger. But we also have some new faces in our squad and it is a challenge we are all relishing."

Robinson added: "James had success captaining Hampshire last year in the T20 and we think giving him further exposure here will be beneficial to both the Lions as a team and James in the future."

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