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England fans not impressed with ECB's inclusion of one player for Ashes

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Gary Ballance has just been named in the Ashes squad for the tour of Australia this winter – nonetheless, not all fans are happy with his inclusion.

Ballance had played in all the games against South Africa this July, before injuring his finger during the second Test at Trent Bridge.

The Zimbabwe born left hander had enjoyed a good start to the county season before the finger break, which curtailed the Yorkshire batsman’s plans for the season.

However, it was reported as early as September 5 that for the 27-year-old, Ashes selection was still a realistic target.

The Yorkshire Post reported that Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, was confident that the left hander would be going on the tour.

“I’d be very surprised if Gary is not on the tour to Australia.

“Particularly, if he has a good finish to the county season.

“He’s a terrific cricketer, as he’s shown all season, and a batsman who has a great deal to offer.

“He’s certainly done an excellent job for us this year.”

Regardless of the vote of confidence Ballance received from Moxon, England fans are not so enamoured with the decision, and some have reacted badly to the news.

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Notwithstanding fan reaction, Ballance certainly has a fight on his hands if he wants to make the Test team down in Australia.

The left hander faces stiff competition for a place in the middle batting order from the likes of James Vince and Dawid Malan.

You can see some of the reaction from the fans below.

Even Piers Morgan got involved.

However, BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew has poured scorn on the selection of the entire squad, labelling it the weakest he has ever seen.

“This is one of the weakest squads I've seen. The dilemma facing the selectors has been known for months and the scale of the top-order batting problem is laid bare,” Agnew said.

“James Vince returns after an unspectacular summer in country cricket and a run of seven Tests last year that produced an average of 19. He's expected to bat at three.

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“Gary Ballance is averaging 19 from his last 12 Tests. He's pressing Dawid Malan - averaging 23 from five Tests for number five.

“The pressure on Alastair Cook and Joe Root in this series will be immense, and that's without taking the current uncertainty created by Ben Stokes' predicament into account.

“Craig Overton was preferred to Liam Plunkett's genuine pace and Mason Crane is a gamble. A young wrist-spinner as back-up, really?”

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