James Vince: Hampshire batsman hopeful of breakthrough year

James Vince
Vince was part of the England Lions squad that toured South Africa over the winter

Hampshire's James Vince says he hopes this season can be his breakthrough year into England's senior squad.

All-rounder Vince, 24, finished as Division Two's leading run scorer as Hampshire sealed promotion.

On Wednesday he was named the club's one-day captain and was part of the England Lions squad over the winter.

When asked if he hoped this year would see him included in England's senior set-up, Vince told BBC Radio Solent: "You hope so."

He added: "You go into every year hoping to play for England. I've had a fairly good winter so hopefully some early runs can put pressure on the selectors."

Vince's 2014 summer of runs
CompetitionRunsAverage
County Championship1,52561.00
One-Day Cup14135.25
T20 Blast39928.50

Vince worked his way through Hampshire's junior ranks before making his second-team debut in 2007. Two years later, he played his first matches for Hampshire's first team before becoming a regular in 2010.

Vince was a key part of Hampshire's domestic T20-winning teams in 2010, 2012 and the Clydesdale Bank 40-winning team in 2012 and will now captain the club in both limited-over formats.

"I'm proud to be asked to do it," he added.

"Our aim every year is to get to the knockout stages and to get to Finals Day and a Lord's Final.

"Last year was a bit of blip (in the 50-over format), it was a new format and we didn't react as quickly as we could and hopefully we can put that right this year."

And having scored 2,065 runs in all competitions for Hampshire last summer, Vince says he is relishing the challenge of Division One cricket, even if he does not feel there is a huge gulf in class.

"It'll be nice to go to different grounds and back to Test grounds," he said.

"If we can get a solid mid-table finish and establish ourselves in Division One, then build towards winning that title, then that will be goal achieved.

"Sides are a bit stronger, have more strength in depth, and three or four good bowlers instead of two or three, so it will be more challenging.

"I don't think there is a huge difference but it will be nice to prove people wrong who think it does."

Meanwhile, bowler Andre Adams is a doubt for the start of the season because of injury.

Adams recently underwent knee surgery and also has an elbow problem, but first-team coach Dale Benkenstein says Hants can cope with the loss of the New Zealander.

"I'm quite happy with the depth of the bowling," he said.

"If he isn't quite ready for the first game I am not too worried. The key is to get him over here and assess him.

"If he can be ready for Sussex then great, if not I think we've got enough bowling to get us going and hopefully he will be ready for the Warwickshire game."

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