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Gary Ballance: Out of form.

Twitter slaughters Gary Ballance for Bangladesh performance

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English international cricketer Gary Ballance could be one name on the exodus list from the tour of Bangladesh heading into the India series that starts on November 9.

The ECB kept their faith in him to come good giving him five tests until the commencement of the test series in Bangladesh.

However, with only one score above the 50-run mark, alongside an average of 22 during that period, he has not aided his cause of being with the team going forward.

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From a batting average of 67 at the start of 2015, to plummeting to 41 in recent months, questions have been raised regarding his abilities and techniques at top international level.

The Bangladesh tour also hasn't gone as planned for Ballance as he managed to score just one and nine respectively in his two innings during the first test in Chittagong.

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The second test didn't get much better for Ballance on a personal note, being dismissed in the first innings for just five runs, and then being dismissed in the second innings for just nine.

England succumbed to a dramatic collapse after being in the driving seat at the end of day one, losing all ten wickets for just 64 runs, providing the hosts with a sensational win by 108 runs.

Bayliss is familiar with the Indian subcontinent pitches, having coached Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders in three seasons from 2012-14, and he will know what England need to prevail in the series.

Bangladesh v England - Second Test: Day Three

Speaking on the importance of rotation within the squad, Bayliss was quoted by Sky Sports saying: “I don’t think there’s any reason to change [the batting] at this stage.”

Although he admitted that approach might be taken in terms of the bowling, keeping in mind the series ahead.

“We have got confidence in all of the guys who are with us. [Any changes] will probably be more with the bowling than the batting at this stage.

“At some stage I’ve got a feeling most of the bowlers will play in this winter tour.”

England have five tests in India in the upcoming months, but Ballance’s current form remains a headache for the selection panel who could opt for a better alternative given his struggle to adapt to subcontinent pitches.

Bangladesh v England - Second Test: Day One

The 26-year-old has been dismissed six times out of nine by spinners since his recall, a statistic that would give confidence to Indian bowlers.

Due to his poor form, plenty of cricket fans have called for his head going into the India series, with hundreds being vocal on Twitter about his future.

Only time will tell if Ballance can prove his worth in the international circuit, or only remain as a domestic sensation throughout his professional career.

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