Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 12:40pm
James Vince eager to press on as England pursue a rankings rise
The tourists are set to be led by the returning Eoin Morgan after Jos Buttler successfully deputised, in his first match in charge of his country, for Friday night's series-clinching win at the Dubai International Stadium.
The final match of England's two-month tour of the United Arab Emirates presents the opportunity to sign off with a Twenty20 clean sweep, to add to a 3-1 one-day international series success and provide further consolation for a 2-0 Test defeat.
Among those hoping to press their claims here for a place in the ICC World Twenty20 in March is top-order batsman James Vince, who has made an encouraging start to his international career with innings of 41 and 38 at number three in back-to-back victories in Dubai.
Those efforts followed the 24-year-old Hampshire captain's misfortune of being run out for just two in England's warm-up victory over UAE early last week.
"It wasn't an ideal start, but thankfully I got an opportunity in the main games and it's been nice to make some contributions," said Vince.
"I was nervous walking out that first game, in front of a full stadium, but I settled down after a couple of balls and eased into it nicely."
On debut, he shared an important stand of 76 with Morgan to put England back on course after they had stumbled to 19 for three - an encouraging response to the selectors' decision to assess him under pressure before announcing that World Twenty20 squad.
"They said at the start I'd get an opportunity to show what I can do," added Vince.
"I'm thankful for that - leaving Jos (Buttler) and Rooty [Joe Root] out in the first game to give me and Billings a go was nice to see, and Sam's done really well as well."
:: Steven Finn has returned to Dubai to continue his rehabilitation after the foot injury which ruled him out of the Test series against Pakistan, with a view to rejoining England at some point on their forthcoming tour of South Africa.
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James Vince has begun his England career by figuring in two Twenty20 wins against Pakistan