ENG vs PAK: Who is James Vince? – Cricketer who waited for six years for his maiden international ton

James Vince has managed to play just 19 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for England in a span of more than six years.

James Vince
James Vince won the POTM in the third ODI against Pakistan

After conceding an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against England, Pakistan gave a tough fight in the ultimate game. Batting first, the Babar Azam-led side posted a great total of 331/9 on the board at the end of their 50 overs. 

Pak skipper Babar Azam emerged as the top-scorer in the match with his scintillating knock of 158 runs from 139 deliveries. He also smashed 14 fours and four sixes in his inning against the English side. Apart from Babar, Imam-ul-Haq (56) and Mohammad Rizwan (74) also played well for their respective half-centuries. 

In reply, England lost their first three wickets with just 53 runs on the board. However, James Vince, who came in at number four, took England home with his maiden international hundred. The 30-year-old batted between 7th and 43rd overs of the game to clinch the game. All-rounder Lewis Gregory also supported Vince from the other end with his vital knock of 77 runs.

Who is James Vince?

James Vince
James Vince

James Vince is a right-handed batsman who was born on March 14, 1991, in Sussex, England. He began his international career in the year 2015 during an ODI game against Ireland, however, he didn’t get to bat there. Vince has been continuously in and out of the England squad as he was never able to cement his place.

Currently, he has 480 runs against his name in 16 innings in 50-over cricket format. He has also featured in 13 Tests and 12 T20Is for the three lions.

The England cricketer won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for scoring his first ODI century in the game against Pakistan. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Vince had said:

“We got off to a quick start. That never allowed the rate to go up. Lewis got important boundaries and never allowed the rate to go out of hand. We managed to get boundaries pretty regularly. Obviously, pleased to get the opportunity and nice to make the contribution.”

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