Vince enjoying England chance

Top-order batsman James Vince is relishing his opportunity to shine on the international stage with England.

The Hampshire skipper, a prolific run-scorer in domestic Twenty20 cricket, was handed his long-awaited format debut on the current tour of the United Arab Emirates after being an unused member of the squad during the summer.

Vince, who made his England bow in the rained off one-day international in Ireland last May, said: “I was included in the squad last summer, but didn’t get the chance to play.

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Finn impresses as England dominate

Steven Finn led from the front as England made the most of their full day in the field by taking 12 Pakistan A wickets while restricting their hosts to just 192 runs in Sharjah.

Finn’s opening burst set the tone, the tall fast bowler ending his first spell with excellent figures of 7-5-2-2.

The 26-year-old finished with 4-16 off his 15 overs, while Adil Rashid took three wickets and Liam Plunkett and Samit Patel marked their first action of the tour with two apiece.

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England enthused after first warm-up game

England have taken significant encouragement from their opening warm-up match in the United Arab Emirates with seamer Mark Wood describing it as “perfect preparation” for next week’s first Test against Pakistan.

England will face a vastly different task to the one presented by Australia in the summer and were given a stark reminder of the patience and graft required in searing heat on the final day of the drawn two-day match.

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Taylor enjoying time with England

James Taylor is enjoying playing for England more than ever before as he prepares for the tour of United Arab Emirates.

The 25-year-old was last week recalled to the England Test squad for the three matches against Pakistan after starring during the Royal London One-Day Series with Australia, compiling his maiden international century in the third game at Emirates Old Trafford.

Taylor celebrated his call-up to Trevor Bayliss’ five-day side by continuing his run-glut with a century for Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston just a day later.

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Anderson backs England to pass UAE test

James Anderson believes England have learned their lesson in the United Arab Emirates and expects a better showing when they return next month to face Pakistan.

On their last visit to the Middle East in 2012 England were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the Test series, passing 200 only twice in six innings with the bat.

Much criticism was levelled of Andrew Strauss’ team at the time regarding their ability to deal with spin, but Anderson feels Alastair Cook’s side are a wiser outfit.

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