Gary Ballance © Getty Images
Gary Ballance © Getty Images


London: Jul 16, 2014


England might have been rattled by their recent batting collapse but Gary Ballance believes his team will learn from the previous game and look to “put wrongs right” in the second Test against India, starting at Lord’s tomorrow. Ballance said England must address their fragility, saying that it was Joe Root and James Anderson’s world-record last-wicket stand in Nottingham that turned the match for the hosts.


“Rooty and Jimmy (Joe Root and James Anderson) dug us out of that hole. I hope we can learn from that and put those wrongs right in this game,” he said. ”Yes, we had one (collapse) at Headingley (against Sri Lanka) and then one again at Trent Bridge,” he said. In their nine-match winless streak, England had lost six wickets for 68 at Trent Bridge against India, while they lost five wickets for 18 runs against Sri Lanka in Leeds, in the last two Tests.


“We know we’ve got to put that right. We’re not going to hide away from that. We had that bad session at Trent Bridge. But the way those two (Root and Anderson) fought was unbelievable,” he told Sky Sports.


England led by Alastair Cook has come to a critical point. The captain with only 97 runs in seven attempts this year and no century in his last 25 innings, while his team has badly misplaced the winning habit. ”Obviously we are looking for a win quite badly … we can take confidence from that fifth morning (at Trent Bridge) and try to build on it here. Giving ourselves a chance on a flat wicket, the lads came out of it feeling very confident,” Ballance said.


“Let’s just hope that over the next few games we can put in a good team batting performance, which will get us a big score and really put pressure on India,” he said.