Gary Ballance, who was once labelled ‘un-selectable’, is again making his case for national selection after having a fruitful county season. The left-hander has accumulated run both the County Championships and the Royal London Cup.
This noteworthy show has gained the attention of cricket expert David Lloyd who has asked the selectors to keep an eye on the 27-year-old.
“Keep your eye on Gary Ballance. He has 1,000 runs for the season already with Yorkshire, and he will become a real decision for the selectors to make. He is a far better player now than when he was previously picked.”
Lloyd conceded that the added responsibility of leadership has only matured him into a more capable cricketer.
“More confident. More assured. The penny has dropped, mentally he has found himself. He is scoring runs, leading the team well and it’s all coming together for him.”
Ballance currently has 508 runs in just three games at an average of 127 with best figures of 203* before switching to the ODI format. Also, he has already scored three half – centuries and century in the ongoing Royal London Cup.
He last played for England during the challenging tour of Bangladesh last year. He was able to score just 24 runs in the two-match series which eventually saw him get axed before the tour of India. However, upon returning to his home, Ballance was entrusted with captaincy role by his club Yorkshire and is since then enjoying a great time.
The Zimbabwe-born cricketer would hope for a second opportunity from the selectors. His current ODI form was ignored when picking the team for the squad for the Champions Trophy. However, Balance should perhaps target a return into the Test team, a format that suits him much better.
The upcoming Test series against South Africa at home, which begins from July 6, would be his target. Considering his wonderful form, there would be no doubt his name will get discussed. But will the selectors pick him in the squad? That remains a completely different question.
But will the selectors pick him in the squad? That remains a completely different question.
Considering that England’s immediate Test assignment is at home, it would be great option to accommodate Ballance in the middle order. This would allow him to find his rhythm at the highest level and also help England regain one of its most promising batting talents ahead of the Ashes which is scheduled at the end of this year in Australia.