Vince targets England Test berth


James Vince does not want to be typecast as a limited-overs cricketer and is targeting a place in England's Test squad.

The batsman averaged almost 42 as England whitewashed Pakistan in three Twenty20 Internationals in the UAE last year, form that saw him named Man of the Series.

They remain his only England appearances, with the exception of an abandoned one-day international against Ireland in which he did not bat, but Vince is set to feature for his country in the shortest format again when they finish their tour of South Africa with two T20s this week.

But the 24-year-old harbours ambitions to feature in all forms of the game for his country.

"I want to play all formats for England ideally," he told Sky Sports.

"My way in has been through Twenty20, but I'd like to progress to the one-day and Test sides."

Vince decided not to make himself available for the Indian Premier League auction this season, citing his commitment as club captain for Hampshire and desire to play Test cricket as his reason for doing so.

"I'm not sure my game's quite where it needs to be to be picked up in the IPL anyway," Vince added.

"But it's my first season as club captain of Hampshire so I want to go back there, score some runs and get their season off to a good start and try to push my case for the Test side."