James Vince in action for England in a one-dayer.
James Vince in action for England in a one-dayer. Gareth Copley

Thunder calls in England international to replace Morgan

CRICKET: England international James Vince is hoping he can help turn the season around for the Sydney Thunder after arriving Down Under.

The right-handed batsman won't play in tonight's clash with the Melbourne Stars but will replace England teammate Eoin Morgan for remainder of the Big Bash season.

The 25-year-old is a big admirer of the competition and he can't wait to try to help the Thunder get back on track in its defence of the Big Bash title.

"I've watched the tournament back home over the past two or three years,” said Vince, who has played seven Tests, five ODIs and five T20Is for England.

"The tournament has grown each year and it's right up there as one of the best competitions in the world.

"I spoke with Eoin about the possibility of playing out here when we were at the World T20 earlier last year and luckily I've gotten the opportunity.

"It's not been an ideal start (for the Thunder).

"I'm just going to try and contribute to winning a few games.

"I've enjoyed my experiences of playing here in the past, I think the pitches in Australia really suit by style.”

Morgan is heading off for a one-day international series in India for England.

The Thunder has recalled 18-year-old Arjun Nair to its 13-man squad for tonight's clash.

Nair made his debut against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium after playing for the CA XI in the Matador Cup, scoring 67 against Victoria.

The Stars have made one change in their 13-man squad following the defeat to the Renegades last time out, with wicketkeeper Seb Gotch in line to make his debut for the Melbourne outfit.