Gary Ballance continued his excellent start to Test cricket with a gritty century at Lord’s © Getty Images

Lord’s: Jul 19, 2014

Gary Ballance said that it was the best way to get back after what had happened in the last few days. “To score a hundred at Lord’s is amazing and it was the best way to get back in the cricketing sense.”

He said that he had not expected the reports in the press regarding his escapadaes, “I did not see that coming and was a bit embarrassed. I was probably naïve. But I did not break any rules, I was just having fun after a Test match. But I will probably learn from that and not be doing that again. However, it is great to score runs, and especially after what happened.”

He agreed that he did feel a bit of pressure coming into the Test match. “I felt a bit of pressure turning up on Day One and everyone around me was supportive and the players, the coaches and the family were behind me saying mistakes happen and we have to learn from it. Luckily I took a catch early and calmed me down a lot.”

According to Ballance the Indian bowlers had done a very good job, but the England batsmen had done well to fight back. “They were very disciplined and bowled well on a pitch that offered a bit to them.But, we fought back well and the partnership between myself and Moeen got us back into the match. It is a shame both of us got out then, but there are some good batters to come and if we can get a lead we can put India under a bit of pressure.”

While the wicket has improved, Ballance expects it to have something for the bowlers for the rest of the game. “It’s probably not doing as much as it did yesterday, but there is still something in the wicket and if we can get a lead and bowl well we can push for a victory. I can’t say for sure, but probably there will be more turn on offer later.”

When asked about his captain Alastair Cook’s poor run with the bat, Ballance said that he was not worried, “Cookie is a fantastic cricketer and captain and he will be upbeat and put the failures behind him.”

Ballance said that he was not really surprised to see Liam Plunkett walk out as the night watchman with several overs to go with the new ball. “I wasn’t really surprised. The second new ball was due and we know Liam can bat.”

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