England resumed their first innings earlier this morning on 196 for four having won the toss and elected to bat. Australia struck early, Alastair Cook caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for two to leave the tourists floundering on two for one. But in came Vince who with Mark Stoneman (53, pictured left) put on 125 for the second wicket — England’s highest stand in Australia for seven years — to lift the tourists out of trouble and briefly into the ascendancy.
The elegant right hander’s knock came to an end when he ran for a quick single only to be run out by a piece of brilliance from Nathan Lyon.
Australia then took the vital wicket of England skipper Joe Root (15) as England closed out the day with honors even.
But the day belonged to Vince, who revealed he was gutted not to reach three figures.
“It was nice to get some runs early,” he said. “Not getting a ton was disappointing. No matter what score you get you always want more. It would have been nice to be there at the end of the day, but stuff like that happens in cricket.
“I’m sure lying in bed I’ll have a few thoughts about missing out, but if you’d offered me 80-odd I’d have taken it.
“Next time I probably won’t take that run. It was a good bit of fielding. He bowled pretty well and deserved something from the day.”