Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance could worm his way into England's test team to face Australia.
Ballance hit an 'under Pressure' knock (55) for England against Australia Chairman’s 11 at Alice Springs to really open up the possibility of him making his debut for the Brits when the second test starts at The Adelaide Oval on December 5.
The left hander seemed to be really happy about his performance and said: “It would have been nice to push on and get a hundred ... but I've given myself that bit of confidence so that, if I do get picked, I think I'll be ready.
“It'd be a great feeling but I don't want to look too far ahead."
The Zimbabwean-born batsman also added that he felt a bit of pressure as he started the tour to Australia with two ducks and a four.
“It might affect you a little bit; that's how it works in cricket. After a few low scores, you kind of take a bit of time to get used to the situation.
"But once I'd batted for a few overs, I felt a bit more comfortable - like it was any other innings.
"It's obviously frustrating not getting scores, after the decent season I had in England, but I knew if I worked hard in the nets and had the opportunity I could score some runs.
"It might be a little bit of a relief, but you're going to go through patches where you get a few low scores. I (still) felt confident coming into the game.”
At the end of the day, Ballance would be really happy about his performance because Cook and co. need is an in form batsman and if the Yorkshire lad can hold on to his good touch, he could well be seen in the team and who knows, he could prove out to be a good selection choice.
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