Gary Ballance

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: November 22, 1989, Zimbabwe
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Gary Ballance Bio

Gary Simon Ballance, born on November 22, 1989, in Harare, Zimbabwe, is a cricketer who has played for both Zimbabwe and England. Despite his struggles in recent years, Ballance made a significant impact on the international cricket stage during the early years of his career.

Ballance moved to England as a schoolboy and quickly made a name for himself through his performances for Yorkshire. His breakthrough year came in 2013 when he enjoyed a prolific season, earning him a spot in England’s squad to tour Australia. Making his Test debut in the final match of the 2013-14 Ashes series, he showcased his talent and determination as a solid No. 3 batsman.

Rapidly establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with in Test cricket, Ballance reached his first 1000 Test runs in just ten matches, placing himself among the fastest English players to achieve this feat. At that point, he boasted an impressive average of 67.93, including four centuries and five half-centuries. However, his form waned over time, and he struggled to replicate his early success.

In addition to his on-field battles, Ballance had to confront anxiety issues that forced him to step away from the game temporarily. Despite his setbacks, he returned to the domestic circuit and continued to contribute valuable runs for Yorkshire. In the 2019 season, he amassed 975 Championship runs, including five centuries, reigniting discussions about a potential international recall.

Ballance’s approach to batting is characterized by his disciplined and unorthodox style. While not known for his flair or elegance, he compensates with his astuteness and ability to change gears when required. His resilience and determination earned him the moniker of a ‘batman who found a way’ among his teammates and coaches.

During his initial stint with England, Ballance recorded several notable achievements. These included scoring his maiden Test hundred against Sri Lanka at Lord’s followed by two more centuries in successive Tests against India. Furthermore, as only the third player in history, he matched the feat of scoring centuries in both his first two Tests at Lord’s, joining the esteemed company of Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss.

However, as his international career progressed, Ballance experienced a decline in form and lost his place in the England team. He was dropped multiple times and faced criticism for his technical shortcomings. Despite these challenges, he remained steadfast in his approach and expressed a commitment to his unique methodology.

Ballance’s journey to international cricket began when he represented Zimbabwe at the 2006 Under-19 World Cup at the age of 16. He garnered attention with a strong all-round performance, including top-scoring against England. Recognizing his potential, he decided to pursue a cricket career in England and secured a sports scholarship to Harrow. Ballance made his debut for Yorkshire in 2008 and steadily rose through the ranks, including representing the England Lions and making his ODI debut against Ireland.

Although his international future seemed uncertain, Ballance’s determination and resilience were demonstrated by his impressive performances at the county level. Additionally, his British roots through his grandparents and familial connections to former cricketers showcased his deep ties to the sport.

While Gary Ballance has faced setbacks throughout his cricket career, his early success and unwavering commitment to his craft have left an indelible mark on the sport. As he continues to ply his trade for Yorkshire, his unwavering spirit and hunger for success may yet earn him another chance to represent his country on the international stage.

Gary Ballance Career Stats

Gary Ballance Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 24 44 3 1653 156 40.31 3470 47.63 5 7 207 10 22 0
T20Is 1 1 0 30 30 30 29 103.44 0 0 2 1 0 0
ODIs 21 20 2 454 79 25.22 639 71.04 0 4 37 1 13 0
FC 171 278 26 12031 210 47.74 23232 51.78 42 55 1541 75 123 0
List A 124 115 16 4697 156 47.44 5269 89.14 8 29 416 83 57 0
T20s 107 94 11 1952 79 23.51 1592 122.61 0 7 147 76 51 0

Gary Ballance Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 24 2 12 5 0 - - - 2.5 - 0 0 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 171 9 162 154 0 - - - 5.7 - 0 0 0
List A 124 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 107 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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