Gary Ballance Diary: It's a dream to be involved in a World Cup

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It’s great to be back in Sydney which is the place I made my Test debut just over a year ago!

We landed last Friday and we’re all fully focused ahead of the World Cup which starts in Melbourne this weekend. Since the tri-series final we’ve had some time off in Perth which included a team get together where we had a barbeque at a bowls club which was good fun.

We are lucky at the moment because we have fun bunch of lads and it’s quite a young group with a few senior players but everyone gets on really well. It’s great to have a bit of time away from cricket while we are out here to just enjoy being on tour and the sunshine, probably a bit different to the weather back home!


Obviously it didn’t help being injured and not able to bat much so I’ve had to do some extra net sessions to check out the finger but I’m pleased everything is now fine and I’m back participating in full nets.

I just want to get my fitness sorted and hopefully I will get a chance to prove that in the second warm-up game against Pakistan tomorrow so I can spend some time in the middle and get a few runs. Then whatever happens over the course of the next month I have to be ready in case of an injury or a loss of form I need to be working hard so if I do get a call up I am ready to perform.

It’s an absolute dream to be part of a World Cup squad, it’s one of those occasions when you’re a kid you watch on TV to see the world’s best playing each other. To be involved after being left out of the Sri Lanka tour is fantastic so hopefully we can start well against Australia and then kick on from that with confidence.


There have been loads of positives in Morgy’s first few games as captain. Some really good individual performances and a few good wins against India who are obviously a very strong ODI side means we are going in the right direction.

We put together a real quality performance against West Indies and with one warm-up game to come we want to put everything into place so we are playing our best cricket ahead of the World Cup. To get one over Australia would really get us going.


I’m really pleased for James Taylor and the rest of our batters who have done well to be fair. It’s a squad game, not just the 11 men out on the field so you want your teammates and ultimately your friends to do well to get wins for England. Titch has batted really well and although we are fighting it out for a spot in the side I am really pleased he is helping England win games of cricket because that’s what it’s all about.

If we can put 100 overs together we have a great chance to beat anybody and I can’t see why we can’t beat Australia. Saturday is a huge game and will be a great atmosphere at the start of the World Cup.

I think we can go into it with nothing to lose and hopefully we can play good cricket throughout the whole game and start in the best possible way.

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