Many congratulations to former Warminster School pupil, James Vince, who has been selected to be part of the squad for the England Lions Tour to Bangladesh in January 2012. He is contributing well to the success of the tour so far.
Whilst at Warminster James displayed great talent as a cricketer. He was a right handed top-order batsman and captained the School team. After leaving Warminster, James spent a year in Western Australia working particularly hard on his game. When James returned to the UK he acquired a contract at Hampshire and he also represented England Under 19s in the World Cup in New Zealand.
This, however, is another big step up for James. A Lions Tour is a huge honour and a real opportunity for James to establish himself as an international cricketer and future England player. The Lions are the “second-tier” of international English cricket below the full England cricket team and Lions tours are designed to allow promising young cricketers the opportunity to gain experience of playing international cricket.
Having broken into the Hampshire squad last year, being selected for the Lions is therefore proof that James is regarded as a very bright prospect indeed. To put this in perspective, several of his team-mates (including Jos Buttler and Johnny Bairstow) have already represented the full England team at one-day level, so James is clearly very much part of the thoughts of the England set-up. Indeed in the second one-day international of the tour, James did his future prospects no harm at all, scoring 44 in the Lions’ comprehensive victory over Bangladesh A.
All of us here at Warminster School wish James every success in the rest of the tour and we will be following the team’s progress with interest.