James Vince determined to make it work with England second time around

• Hampshire batsman grateful for the chance as Test No3
• Hopefully my game is well suited to playing here, Vince says

Lurking at the Waca as England trained for the first time on the Ashes tour was Mitchell Johnson, their 37-wicket destroyer-in-chief of the 2013-14 whitewash. He is all smiles now but retains the air of a man who would love to get among England’s brittle top order. After all, the side he dismantled four years ago arrived with plenty more pedigree.

James Vince is one of those Johnson would not mind bowling at. The Hampshire batsman, who is expected to bat at No3, did not obviously deserve a Test recall, and admits his surprise at being back. Seven Tests in 2016 brought a top score of 42 and an average of just 19, while his County Championship form in 2017 – he averaged 33– did not obviously merit a recall. There were a couple of typically dreamy centuries, but much flightiness too, until he dug in for a 124-ball 30 to save Hampshire’s season at Edgbaston.

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