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Gary Ballance Diary: Getting fitter by the day

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It’s been a few months since my last diary and a lot has happened since then but the main thing is I am in Australia preparing for my first ever World Cup which I’m so excited about!

It hasn’t been a smooth ride though with my injury causing me a setback but I’m on the road to recovery now and not too far away from being 100 percent fit for the start of the tournament. Obviously getting a fractured finger on the first week of the tour was hugely disappointing but these things happen. At least it gave me a few weeks to work on my fitness so I’ve been spending a lot of time with the strength and conditioning coach.

I haven’t been able to bat for a few weeks but I’ve managed to have a few nets and I’ll need a few more training sessions which will mean I will hopefully be able to play in one of the warm-up games early next week.

It was my little finger on my right hand and it happened during fielding practice where I caught one on the end and as a cricketer these things happen so you have to take it on the chin and focus on other aspects of your game.

MIXED FEELINGS

The timing wasn’t great to be honest but in a strange way it was lucky it was a month before the start of the World Cup so at least it gave me an opportunity to get it sorted and I didn’t have to go home which was good. I’ve still been really busy here but I’m itching to get back into the nets and batting full-time again.

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You always worry when injuries happen on tour that you’ll be sent back home but luckily it wasn’t too bad of a fracture and it hasn’t taken too long to heal. Hopefully I will be fully fit in a week’s time.

We’ve had a few days in Perth after the tri-series final and tomorrow we head to Sydney for a couple of warm-up games before we move onto Melbourne for the first game so it will start to get pretty full on now.

YORKSHIRE

Before I sign off I have to discuss the singings Yorkshire have made for this year, how exciting is it to have Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell on board at Headingley?

Having Finchy there last year was huge for us in all forms of the game so he is a massive one day player but also a good all-round player. Add Glenn Maxwell to that we have two truly world class T20 players and they will be massive for Yorkshire so hopefully we can have another good year and keep competing in every single format.

Obviously we are playing Australia in the opening game of the World Cup so if I come across them I’ll let them know what Yorkshire is like, obviously Finchy was there last year but Maxwell wasn’t so I will definitely be having a word telling him what it’s like in Leeds.

And don’t worry, I’ll be telling them all about Lancashire and the Western Terrace too!

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