ROOT BACKING VINCE TO SILENCE CRITICS DOWN UNDER
ASHES captain Joe Root has backed James Vince to thrive in Australia, despite his meagre returns so far in Test cricket.
But the player himself has admitted his shock at the lucky call up, that has given him the nod over Tom Westley to bat at three, with Gary Ballance set to compete with him during the warm-ups.
“It is very special,” said Vince (right). “To play for England last summer was special, but to be called up for an Ashes tour is probably the best thing that can happen.
“It has come from nowhere really. I had my winter planned out with my T20 stuff and hadn’t really thought about a call-up. It has come as a surprise and, hopefully, I can get out there and play a part and do well.” The
pair were named alongside three uncapped additions, in the shape of leg-spinner Mason Crane, seam-bowler Craig Overton, and back-up keeper Ben Foakes.
Root said: “Vincey’s game sets up beautifully for the conditions out there (in Australia). He scores well off the back foot and hits the ball at the top of the bounce.
“He looks to put pressure on the opposition, when they miss their mark, and has a game that could travel well.
“It is an exciting time and a great chance for us to do something special. In those five games, your squad has to stand up better than the opposition and we feel this squad can do that.”