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James Vince drives us crazy but other England batsmen’s flaws also maddening | Andy Bull

Modern coaching’s move away from the orthodoxies could help to explain the England No3’s failings – and why he has no ready replacement

Way back when Duncan Fletcher had a column in the Guardian, I used to do his ghostwriting. It was an education in how a coach thinks, parcelled up into a 30-minute conversation about whoever was in the headlines that week. And as we went on, I learned there were a handful of players who would always exercise Fletcher, touch him off as surely as if you were tapping his kneecap with a reflex hammer. James Vince was one of them. Fletcher’s gruff voice would turn into something more like a purr on the odd occasion Vince’s name came up. He had seen him batting in the nets down at Hampshire and been seriously impressed.

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