Ballance Gets England Call-up While Grocery Shopping

The 26-year-old was dropped during England's Ashes series against Australia last year after a poor run of form, but has been brought back in place of Nick Compton, who is taking time away from the game after a woeful run of form.

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  • Updated: July 8, 2016, 2:06 PM IST
Ballance Gets England Call-up While Grocery Shopping

England batsman Gary Ballance has admitted being pleasantly surprised by his return to the side for the first test against Pakistan, a news that reached him while he was busy grocery shopping.

The 26-year-old was dropped during England's Ashes series against Australia last year after a poor run of form, but has been brought back in place of Nick Compton, who is taking time away from the game after a woeful run of form.

"It's all come as a bit of a surprise," Ballance told British media.

"It's a great feeling to be back in the squad, especially when you've been out of the side for a while.

"I was just doing a bit of grocery shopping when I got the call from national selector James Whitaker - just a standard Thursday morning!"

Should the left-handed batsman make his first test start in 12 months at Lord's on Thursday, Ballance is likely to slot into the middle order rather than at number three.

He is hopeful that his modest domestic season could translate into bigger numbers for England.

"I've felt good the last few weeks," Ballance added.

"I've been playing well, I just haven't got that big score that gets you noticed."



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RankTeamPointsRating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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1 England 5405 123
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 3941 109
5 South Africa 3345 108
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2 England 5959 271
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 6009 261
5 South Africa 4380 258
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