Unnameables? Vince hits back after 'statement' innings

2017-11-23 21:16
James Vince (AP)

Brisbane - James Vince says he was motivated to seize his new chance in England's team after being written off as a batting nobody in the Ashes tour of Australia.

As it happened: Ashes, 1st Test - Day 1

The Hampshire right-hander, playing in only his eighth Test match and his first in an Ashes series, was on track for a dream debut century against Australia before he was brilliantly run out for 83.

British media have dubbed England 'The Unnameables' after they embarked on the series with some unfamiliar players, including Vince at number three.

Former Australia Test opener Matt Hayden also raised some hackles when he said: "I look down half of the list and I honestly don't even know who half of these guys are."

But Vince fired back: "I think reading comments like that almost gives you an extra incentive to go out there and try and make a statement.

"The first innings is nice to get some time in the middle, get some confidence and if you didn't know who we were at the start of the day then probably (you do) now."

Vince, 26, who admitted to some feelings of surprise after he was chosen for the Ashes following 12 months away from Test cricket, said he wanted to prove people wrong.

"I didn't take too much notice of it. There's a bit of chat around and I've had stuff since I've got called up after my last effort at Test cricket," he said.

"It gives you a bit more inspiration and bit more fight to go out there and prove people wrong."

Nathan Lyon threw down the stumps to dismiss Vince as England finished the first day on 196 for four, leaving the match delicately poised.

Read more on:    ashes  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Previous Results

Date Match Result

Who will win the 2017 edition of the Ashes?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.