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Gary Ballance


Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance
Ballance in 2014
Personal information
Full name Gary Simon Ballance
Born (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989
Harare, Zimbabwe
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Batsman
Relations David Houghton
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 659) 3 January 2014 v Australia
Last Test 15 August 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 228) 3 September 2013 v Ireland
Last ODI 28 May 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 48
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2007 Derbyshire
2008– Yorkshire (squad no. 19)
2010–2012 Mid West Rhinos
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 8 11 80 67
Runs scored 729 254 5,987 2,723
Batting average 60.75 28.22 55.43 52.36
100s/50s 3/3 0/2 24/26 6/16
Top score 156 79 210 139
Balls bowled 12 156
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 7/– 7/– 75/– 31/–
Source: CricketArchive, 18 August 2014

Gary Simon Ballance (born 22 November 1989)[1] is an English first-class cricketer. He is a left-handed batsman and a leg break bowler, who currently plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He normally fields at slip.

Ballance first played in the Second XI Championship in 2006, having made five appearances for Zimbabwe in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, in which the team finished in sixth place. In the final match for the team, Ballance scored a half-century, gaining notice from Derbyshire and earned the chance to sign for the team in 2006. He played his first limited overs match two weeks later, having performed in the Derbyshire Second XI.

At the end of the 2007 season, Ballance left Derbyshire to sign academy terms with Yorkshire. He made his first-class debut for Yorkshire against Kent at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, in July 2008.[2] In the first-class match against Durham MCC University in April 2011, Ballance scored 72 and 73 not out. He made his England debut on the 3rd of September 2013 in an ODI against Ireland.

Ballance is related to former Zimbabwean Test cricketer David Houghton through his mother, who is a cousin of David's wife.[3]

Early Life

Ballance was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where his parents were tobacco farmers. After representing Zimbabwe in cricket at various age levels, he moved to England in 2006. He attended Harrow School for 2 years, where he was in the same team as Sam Northeast. Playing for Harrow, he scored a century against Eton College at Lord's.

International career


Following impressive performances for Yorkshire and the England Lions, Gary Ballance debuted for England against Ireland, in Dublin, on 3 September 2013 but failed to impress with the bat after getting caught behind without having scored a run.

2013–14 Ashes series

Ballance was selected for the England squad for the 2013-14 Ashes series. He was selected to play in the 5th Test ahead of fellow Yorkshire team mate Joe Root. He became the 659th player to play for England and was handed his cap by captain Alastair Cook. He was one of three players, the others being Scott Borthwick and Boyd Rankin, to make their debuts in the 5th Test. In the first innings he made 18 runs after coming in with the score at 17/4 and helped England to 155 all out. Test Match Special commentator Geoffrey Boycott acknowledged that Ballance was incredibly unlucky to be dismissed, receiving a corker that pitched in the footmarks. In the second innings he made 7 runs finishing the series with 25 runs. Ballance's next call-up was against Australia during the England tour of Australia. In the 1st ODI, at the MCG, Ballance top scored for England, making 79 runs off 96 balls. However this was not enough to help England win as Australia cruised to a 6 wicket win. Ballance kept his place for the 2nd ODI however he managed only 9 runs off 19 balls before being stumped by Brad Haddin. In the 3rd ODI Ballance batted at number 4 and made 26 runs off 42 balls. He retained his place for the 4th ODI and made 18 runs off 30 balls before being caught. Ballance was left out of the 5th ODI and was replaced by Joe Root.

2014 Sri Lanka series

Ballance featured in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka, he top scored with 64 runs in England's win. In the 2nd ODI he only made 5 runs in England's 99 run innings. He played in the 3rd ODI however he was not needed in England's 10 wicket win. Ballance was included in the squad for both of the test matches against Sri Lanka, batting at number three as a replacement for Jonathan Trott who had stepped away from cricket during the 2013–14 Ashes. In the first test at Lord's, he made 27 runs in the first innings before reaching his maiden Test hundred in just his second Test match in the second innings, ending not out on 104. He was one of 4 centurions in the series for England, the others being Moeen Ali, Sam Robson and Joe Root, who made a double hundred. Ballance had mixed fortunes in the second test, scoring 74 in the first innings before being dismissed for a golden duck in the second, finishing the series with 205 runs.

2014 India series

In the first test against India, Ballance continued his good form with the bat by making 71 in the first innings as the match ended in a draw. Ballance hit his second Test ton on 18 July 2014 against India. He scored 110 before being caught behind off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, bringing England back into the match after struggling on 113/4. Ballance became only the third England player to score hundreds in his first two Lord's Tests, after Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott. Ballance scored an impressive 156 in the first innings of the third test but was unfortunate to be given out through a poor decision by the umpire. He was again unlucky when, on 38 in the second innings, he was given out caught when the ball touched his trouser. [4]


Test centuries

# Runs Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 104* 2 Sri Lanka Lord's London England 2014
2 110 5 India Lord's London England 2014
3 156 6 India Rose Bowl Southampton England 2014

Career best performances

Ballance's career best performances
Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
FC 210 Mid West Rhinos v Southern Rocks Masvingo 2011 0–3 Mid West Rhinos v Mountaineers Kwekwe 2011
LA 139 Yorkshire v Unicorns Leeds 2013
T20 68 Yorkshire v Durham Chester-le-street 2013


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 363. ISBN . 
  2. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 97. ISBN . 
  3. ^ "Gary Ballance is ready for England challenge against Australia in Adelaide, say three mentors". The Telegraph (UK). 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Sheringham, Sam (18 July 2014). "England v India: Gary Ballance hits century but tourists hold edge". BBC News. 

External links

  • Player profile: Gary Ballance from ESPNcricinfo
  • Gary Ballance's profile page on Wisden
  • Player profile: Gary Ballance from CricketArchive
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