Gary Ballance Blog: Raring to go and take on India

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog and I’ve had about two weeks off since the last Test at Headingley so I’ve tried to get away from the game and relax ahead of a really busy couple of months!

We had a training camp in Loughborough for a couple of days last week which was good and I’ve reflected on the Sri Lanka series but apart from that I’ve tried to get away from cricket. I’ve been keeping my mind off things as much as I can and then the last few days I’ve been getting ready for the India series.

It was a hectic two days at Loughborough, in the nets and in the field. I batted for a few hours each day which was needed and I worked a little bit on my technique, especially against spin. You know when you come up against India they will have quality spin bowlers so it was a really beneficial camp.

After that I’ve had a bit of time off to chill out because the next six weeks are really full on. You have to make sure your mind and body is ready for a series like this and I am definitely ready.

I’m really excited for it because India are a world class team and we want to bounce back after the Sri Lanka series by putting in some good performances.

With it being a five match series it is going to be busy so I have been preparing for that, by having a mental rest more than anything.

Looking back at the Sri Lanka series it wasn’t the result we were after but there were some good individual performances. Some of the lads scored hundreds while others took plenty of wickets so individually it was alright but we need to put in a team performance to get those wins.

On a personal note I was very pleased to get a 100 at Lord’s then a 70-odd at Headingley but that has gone now and I have to look forward and learn from what happened and try to improve from that.

I just have to try and keep it simple and start again in a new series. I’ve only had two Test Matches batting at number three so far and I’ve had a few decent scores which is always good for confidence but it is a bit different but the quicker I adapt the better I’ll be. Hopefully I can adapt quickly and get those big scores for the team.

You have to take your time to get in depending on the situation but coming in at three the ball is often moving around so that’s how it is then I try and cash in later into my innings.

It’s not just cricket on our agenda with player appearances we have to fulfil but that’s part of our job and it’s a great job to have. These things have got to be done but luckily I’m a fairly organised person and I think you have to be when you come into a summer like this so I am ready for the series and I’m looking forward to it.

However, all of our focus is on this game at Trent Bridge and we are all looking forward to it, even more so because its five Test Matches, it will be tough but if we play like we can and put in some good team performances I’m confident we’ll win the series.

India have got a few new guys just like us but they’ve got some young guys that have already scored a lot of runs and taken wickets already. They are a dangerous side but if we put in the performances that we know we can then we should be alright.

One of those players is Virat Kohli and the amount of runs he’s scored at his age is unbelievable. He has done it in 50-over cricket and now Test cricket so as a young player you want to be doing what he is. He is obviously a good player so we’ll try to get him early.

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