Sydney Sixers batsman James Vince has been handed a timely boost after England head coach Trevor Bayliss said he was on the Test team’s radar ahead of the Ashes.

Vince will get another chance to enhance his reputation Down Under when the Sixers (11/10 – Match Winner) face the Melbourne Renegades (8/11) in Big Bash League’s Semi Final 2 at the Marvel Stadium on Friday.

The 27-year-old has shown some form with the bat in Australia this winter, making 241 runs in seven innings for the Sixers at an average of 48.20.

An elegant batsman, who has been compared to Michael Vaughan in the past, Vince (5/2 – Sydney Sixers Top Run-Scorer) averages 24.90 from 13 Tests with a top score of 83 in Brisbane during England’s 4-0 defeat in the 2017-18 Ashes series.

And after England’s consolation Test victory in St Lucia this week, Bayliss spoke positively about the Hampshire captain and Surrey’s Jason Roy pushing for spots in the batting order with the top three still a concern (England 8/11 – Ashes 2019 – Series Winners).

“James is another one who 12 months ago played pretty well in Australia in patches,” he said. If those two guys come out and score runs they’ll be in the mix.”

Vince, who’s side are the underdogs in Friday’s semi, will come face to face with another Englishman in the match with left-arm seamer Harry Gurney (13/5 – Melbourne Renegades Top Wicket-Taker) likely to feature for Melbourne Renegades.

The 32-year-old hardly set any pulses racing when he was given his chance in the England one-day side a few years ago but his qualities are becoming appreciated around the world now as he establishes himself in franchise T20 cricket.

He has taken eight wickets in seven appearances for the Renegades since being called up as a replacement for Pakistan fast bowler Usman Shinsari midway through the tournament.

The Nottinghamshire player, who averages 23.50 with the ball and boasts a respectable economy rate of 7.23 in the BBL, has been solid if unspectacular but can next look forward to the Indian Premier League after being purchased at last December’s auction by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Melbourne are set to welcome back veteran batsman Cameron White after a hamstring injury kept him out of their last two regular season matches.

Renegades captain Aaron Finch has confirmed White will play in Friday night’s game, most likely as a direct replacement for spinning allrounder Mohammad Nabi, who is unavailable due to Afghanistan international duties.

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