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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

James Vince determined to take 'second chance' at Test cricket and hopes successful Ashes can kick-start his England career

Vince, pencilled in as England's No 3 in Australia, mustered an average of just 19.27 in seven home Tests before he was dropped last year

England's James Vince speaks to the media during an England media opportunity at the Waca in Perth, western Australia. Paul Kane / Getty Images
England's James Vince speaks to the media during an England media opportunity at the Waca in Perth, western Australia. Paul Kane / Getty Images

James Vince is determined to take his "second chance" of a Test career by making a name for himself in this winter's Ashes.

Vince, pencilled in as England's No 3 in Australia here unless captain Joe Root thinks again about his own promotion back up the order, mustered an average of just 19.27 in seven home Tests before he was dropped last year.

He admitted to an element of surprise to be chosen again for the highest-profile tour of all, to try to fill one of England's problem positions.

But in the intervening month, Vince, 26, has got his head around the mission and when he became the first of Root's squad to hold a news conference, after the captain's statement of intent on arrival in Perth on Sunday, Vince did so with confidence and optimism.

"It's a second chance," he said. "Cookie [Alastair Cook] alluded to it before we came out, that an Ashes series is bigger than any other, if you come here and do well, it can kick-start your career.

"I've had 12 months away from Test cricket, and I was disappointed with how my career started.

"But this is a great opportunity here to put it right, and get myself established in the Test side."

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There was no hesitation from him either when the first question posed on the outfield at the Waca, where England will play their opening two-day match this weekend, was the extent of the tourists' ambition this winter.

"We're here to win, that's the bottom line," he said. "I hope I can play a part in us winning the Ashes.

"There's going to be tough times - a bit of pace maybe - but nothing we haven't dealt with before and that we can't deal with.

"So we're very confident with the group of guys we've got here that we can get a series win."

England will almost certainly have to do so without Ben Stokes, still waiting back home to hear whether he will face charges as he remains under investigation by Avon & Somerset Police after being arrested last month on suspicion of causing actually bodily harm.

Root's men must get the better of Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc too, another task Vince is looking forward to.

"I wouldn't say it's daunting," he said. "It's a great challenge, and I think this series is going to be challenging but a great chance for guys to step up ... and make a name for themselves."

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