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India tour of England 2014: Gary Ballance not taking things for granted

Gary Ballance is hungry for more runs © Getty Images
Gary Ballance (left) is hungry for more runs © Getty Images

Aug 6, 2014

Gary Ballance has been in fine form this summer and has also been the highest run scorer for England with 603 runs in six Test matches. He is not resting as he is greedy for more runs and is targeting a big score against India in the 4th Test at Old Trafford which is set to begin on Thursday.

Ballance became the fifth English batsman to hit three tons in as much as six Test matches but it seems that he is not taking things for granted as he wants his side to go up in the series by winning the fourth Test at Manchester, reported Sky Sports.

Ballance said, “It’s nice that I’ve brought a bit of form in from the County Championship and it’s nice that I’ve kicked on a bit and got some good scores.” He further added, “But, you know, like everyone will say to you, you can’t take form for granted – you’ve really got to be greedy and hopefully I can build on those scores and get another score which will put England in a winning position.”

Gary Ballance feels that the pitch at Manchester will be the most challenging pitch of this series and he will enjoy batting on that surface. He said, “I’ve heard it’s going to be a bit quicker, so we’ll see.” He further believes, “I think it’s a kind of pitch that’s got a bit of something for everyone – a bit of pace and bounce early on in the game and then it spins towards the end. So it’s probably going to be something for everything and just be a good cricket wicket and hopefully if the weather stays good, it will be a good game.”

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