145-2 when batting first in the curtain raiser Ashes Test in Australia. James Vince is run out for a career best 83. It is at this point that England lost the Ashes. The Hampshire man hinted (Vince hints a lot!) at silencing all the doubters and writing his place in history with a maiden Test century on Ashes debut. As it was he ran himself out, that most frustrating of dismissals and has barely scored a run since. He’ll probably never score a Test hundred and look back at that instant as the moment his career could have gone one of two ways but only begun its descent. It didn’t just cost James Vince, it cost England the Ashes. Had Vince compiled say 150, England may have posted a total in excess of 400 and possibly won the first Test. Could, had, may, possibly, clutching and desperate I know. As it is, England are 2-0 down and staring a whitewash in the face.
If… James Vince rattles off a ton in Perth and England go onto win the Ashes 3-2, I’ll eat my hat, be as chuffed as anybody for Vince and co. and will have witnessed the greatest sporting comeback of all time!