Ballance targets big sessions

Gary BallanceGary Ballance believes England will level the ongoing series with India at the Ageas Bowl if they can win the “important sessions” of the match (England 13/8, draw 13/8, India 9/4 – Match Betting).

Peter Moores’ men were comfortably beaten by 95 runs on Monday at Lord’s to see them go 1-0 down in the five-Test series, a result that  piled further pressure on captain Alastair Cook whose side haven’t won in their last 10 outings in the longest form of the game.

Sunday sees the start of the third Test in Hampshire and England will be looking for Ballance (4/1 – England Top Batsman – 1st Innings) to produce another big score having hit 110 in the first innings in London.

After making his debut during the winter Ashes, the Zimbabwean-born 24-year-old now appears to be establishing himself at international level and could be one of the men his adopted country build their battling line-up around alongside fellow Yorkshire star Joe Root.

Ballance is only thinking about the present and believes that if England can start edging the key moments in matches, they can finally end their poor recent run, starting in Southampton.

“It was obviously disappointing to lose at Lord’s,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“We had opportunities, we are playing decent cricket, we’re not playing bad cricket. We’re getting ourselves in positions to win games but not quite finishing them off which is a bit frustrating.

“Guys are doing well and we can take a bit of confidence. We know we’ve just got to improve on those important sessions.”

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