Australia v England: Ashes Player of the Day - James Vince

Sport360 staff 17:11 23/11/2017
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Vince battled well in day one in Brisbane.

James Vince finally added substance to his undoubted style as a battling 83 underpinned England’s promising start to the Ashes in Brisbane.

Vince was a controversial selection for this tour but steadied the tourists after the early departure of Alastair Cook on the opening morning of the series against Australia as he compiled a Test-best knock.

Here, we assess the key talking points from the 26-year-old’s day at the Gabba.

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BLOSSOMING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OPENER AND NO.3

Vince and Mark Stoneman barely knew each other before this tour but were paired off into shared quarters rather than individual hotel rooms in Perth, and their understanding has blossomed. A century stand in the first warm-up was followed by a 125-run partnership in the Ashes opener that was the backbone of England’s 196 for four. Stoneman observed earlier this month: “That’s one of the beauties of touring. You get to see a different side of people, and get to unwind and relax together.”

England's batsmen James Vince (R) and England's Mark Stoneman (R) run between the wickets on the first day of the first cricket Ashes Test between England and Australia in Brisbane on November 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Getting to know each other quickly: Stoneman and Vince.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE FOR VINCE

Vince was first given England Lions recognition towards the end of 2011 but 11 of the 16-man squad that toured Asia that winter played for the senior side ahead of Vince, who was finally given his chance in May 2015 – in a rained off one-day international against Ireland. He has made only a handful of appearances in each format but his latest innings could be the one that leads to greater involvement within the international set-up.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: England batsman James Vince reacts after being dismissed by Wahab Riaz during day four of the 1st Investec Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Vince struggled in his first coming in Test cricket.

VAUGHAN COMPARISON

Former England coach Duncan Fletcher, while at Hampshire on a consultancy basis, first brought Vince to national attention when he remarked the then teenager reminded him of Michael Vaughan. It is a tag that has stuck ever since and seemed to weigh heavily when he faltered in his first opportunity with England last year, but some elegant stroke play at the Gabba – in particular several dreamy cover drives – brought those comparisons flooding back as he vindicated his return to the set-up.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: James Vince of England bats during day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Vince has earned Vaughan comparisons.

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