England batsman James Vince is eager to build on the progress he feels he made during the winter tours of Australia and New Zealand.
The 27-year-old Hampshire right-hander has turned down the offer of some time off to try and help his county make a strong start to the new season, with Vince aware that he still has work to do to become a regular on the international stage.
I showed during the winter I'm comfortable at that level.James Vince
Ahead of a County Championship Division One opener against Worcestershire, which starts on Friday at The Rose Bowl, he told BBC Radio Solent: "I spoke with (England coach) Trevor Bayliss and he asked if I wanted a break. But, I feel ready and keen to put runs on the board to keep that number three spot.
"I showed during the winter I'm comfortable at that level. Running myself out on 80-odd in the first Test at Brisbane probably wasn't ideal.
"If I'd turned that into a century or 150, there probably would've been more confidence for the rest of the series.
"I did a lot of stuff well, it's just a case of doing it for longer. It was a high-profile series in Australia and you do get a bit of stick, but then that's motivation to prove people wrong."
Vince averages 24.90 across his 13 Test appearances for England to date, with his highest score 83 against Australia in Brisbane last November.
His last Test outing saw him register scores of 18 and 76 against New Zealand in Christchurch.
Meanwhile, Hampshire are priced at 1212/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Surrey available at 1/33 and Somerset 9/1.
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