Gary Ballance Blog: So happy to be named in Test squad

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To be selected in the Test squad is another nice moment and I got very excited and nervous at the same time when I found out. I’m just looking forward to being involved in the squad and we’ll see what happens.

I found out on Wednesday evening but I had to wait until the following morning when it was announced to tell people. My parents are coming over and they will hopefully be at Lord’s for that game. They weren’t able to come and watch the one-dayers so it will be nice for them to come over for the Test matches.

They are still based in Zimbabwe so when I told them the news they immediately started to make plans so they will be coming over next week.

There are three Yorkshire players in the squad which is great with Rooty and Liam Plunkett. Since Liam has moved from Durham to Yorkshire he’s been bowling really well and really fast and scored runs too. He really deserves his chance because he’s bowled really well this year and on the game away at Durham on Sky he was bowling around 90mph very consistently so I’m really pleased for him.

He has bowled quick and with me standing in the slips I have a great view and believe me he can bowl a lot of short stuff which the batters have been really struggling with, he is definitely bowling quick and if he gets a chance I’m sure he’ll show everyone just how good he is.

On a personal note it gives me confidence because as I’ve said before in these blogs there are so many other high quality players out there vying for a place in the Test team and now if I get selected I want to take my chance and get a big score. I’m going to try and enjoy it and make the most of the opportunity.

Obviously after making my debut at Sydney it was great but to have an opportunity and hopefully if I do get the chance at Lord’s it will be a great moment and I’m really looking forward to it.

Since I found out I have tried to chill out between a couple of net sessions and then I have the PCA Team England golf day on Monday followed by a couple of practice sessions at Lord’s. I’m just trying to prepare myself mentally for next week.

I’ve heard the golf is a very good day with the full Test squad there at the Grove. I’m really looking forward to it, I do really enjoy a day of golf and it’s a good time to relax and get away from the cricket for a bit. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully I can get a good score.

I’m actually not too bad at golf although I haven’t played for a while, as long as I can beat Joe Root I’ll be happy.

I have to mention the Royal London ODI series It was disappointing to lose but there were some positives from the series, but some of the boys put in some very good performances which meant there are positives to take and hopefully the quicker the team can learn from that the quicker we will improve and start to win those series.

The 50-over stuff is behind us for now though and all focus is on Test cricket and making sure we do everything we can to win the Test series.

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