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James Vince wants to make Big Bash statement as he targets England Test return

The Hampshire captain lost his place in the England team at the end of the Test series in New Zealand last year and, with an Ashes campaign to look forward to in 2019, he is keen to prove he deserves another chance

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James Vince hopes a run of form in the Big Bash will help propel him back towards the England Test squad.

Vince has signed for Sydney Sixers for the rest of the season, replacing his countryman Joe Denly, and will take to the field for his new side for the first time at Perth Scorchers on Sunday.

The Hampshire captain lost his place in the England team at the end of the Test series in New Zealand last year and, with an Ashes campaign to look forward to in 2019, he is keen to prove he deserves another chance.

A standout display in the Big Bash, he believes, would be the perfect way of grabbing the selectors' attention.

"Doing well in tournaments like this definitely pushes your case for England," he said.

"There is a big summer of cricket back home and if I have a good run from now until the end of the tournament, hopefully I can force my way back into it.''

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James Vince played for Sydney Thunder is last season's Big Bash

Vince's T20 form in 2018 was not spectacular. He averaged 22.54 during a difficult season for Hampshire in the Vitality Blast, striking at just over 140.

"I was in some decent form back home, the T20 format was the format [in which] I scored the least amount of runs, which is a slightly different trend for me compared to recent years,'' he said.

"I played the last one-dayer of the summer against India, and I got myself back into the Test squad against India when there were doubts about Jonny Bairstow's fingers."

Vince, who played for Sydney Thunder briefly in last year's Big Bash, revealed he had a second offer from Hobart Hurricanes but opted for the Sixers.

"I was desperate to get back into the Big Bash, and it went from nothing to almost having two options. Both teams were doing well in the competition, so there was nothing between them in that sense," he said.

"Sydney contacted me slightly before Hobart. I also knew 'Lumby' [former Sydney Sixers opener Michael Lumb] from back home, and I think he was pushing me to replace Joe Denly."

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