Ballance dropped

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Ballance dropped

Joined: September 7th, 2015, 9:28 pm

January 10th, 2018, 10:40 pm #1

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
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Joined: March 7th, 2014, 11:28 am

January 10th, 2018, 11:19 pm #2

You really do feel that these selectors have lost the plot. It is perfectly reasonable to say that he shouldnt have toured in the first place, that he had been given enough chances etc. But as soon as he was on the plane then he became the reserve batsman throughout the tour. He had two practice matches in which he scored a couple of 50s from memory. What more could he have done and what basis does Livingstone get selected ahead of him?

Ballance has not been treated well by the selectors. Selected when out of form or not back into form. Expected to bat at number three when his captain should be shouldering this responsibility. He will no doubt feel that this is the end of the line, and if it is then a very shoddy way to end someone's career
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Joined: August 7th, 2014, 4:58 pm

January 10th, 2018, 11:44 pm #3

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
To be frank, if Ballance had been exposed to that Aussie pace attack it's unlikely that he would ever gave recovered. Livingstone is a good pick after impressing for the Lions.
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Joined: April 18th, 2014, 12:12 am

January 11th, 2018, 1:29 am #4

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
For once the ECB have done us a favour by not selecting Gary Ballance for the tour when he would be most likely to be on drinks carrying duty. Gale and Moxon will no doubt be delighted to have the captain involved throughout pre season and starting in the opener against Essex.

Malan has secured his no5 spot, Vince is a century away from playing in the home internationals. Livingstone is probably in the test squad because he can bowl off spin and more likely to replace Moeen.
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Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

January 11th, 2018, 8:18 am #5

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
Obviously Ballance had to be dropped; he never made a run in Australia! No surprise, Boycs told TMS listeners several days ago.

Livingstone's is a rare talent, but like Malan, Bairstow, Stokes, Ali, etc, he's a number 5 or 6. Vince is still the only option at 3, and there is no reserve opener.

Shambles.
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Joined: October 20th, 2013, 8:03 pm

January 11th, 2018, 8:28 am #6

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
Indeed, it is a shambles. It has not been handled well, but that should not disguise the fact that there is a real problem. In the soon-to-be-with-us post-Cook world, there is no-one nailed on to bat in the first three. Personally I think Stoneman will do a job, but he's hardly a triumph so far.

They must be praying for Hameed to recover. If Alex Lees had maintained form, he'd have had a real chance by now, though I doubt if it would take Lyon more than a couple of overs to remove him.
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Joined: August 7th, 2014, 4:58 pm

January 11th, 2018, 8:58 am #7

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
Root is an option at three, as is Malan, but there seems to be an innate fear of batting there among English batsmen.
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Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

January 11th, 2018, 9:40 am #8

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
If I was Garry I’d be looking at flipping back to become Zimbabwean based on how England treat him. That wouldn’t be great news for us of course.

Dropped for doing what?
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Joined: February 13th, 2014, 9:14 pm

January 11th, 2018, 9:47 am #9

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
Selfishly for us but also from an England perspective, I am pleased to hear this. He was lucky to get a call up for the Ashes, but considering he has done nothing wrong can feel frustrated to be dropped.

I still feel we are a keeper/batsman short from the right balance, otherwise the team picks itself for me:

Lyth, Lees, Williamson, Balance C, Leaning, WK?, Bresnan, Rashid, Plunkett, Fisher, Coad.

(Brook for Plunkett if with England. If we lose Rashid, I would use a seamer - Willey/Patterson and use Lyth/Williamson as the spare spinner).

Big big seasons for Lees and Leaning. It's time to push on.

From an England angle, Stoneman and Vince are very lucky to keep their places. I suspect they have an eye on Hameed (to open instead of Stoneman), however waiting to see if he has returned to his form of 2016.

Root needs to get a grip and bat 3. I suspect he will stay 4 and Malan will be moved up to 3 (which is quite a scary proposition - He is far more suited to Oz pitches and I fear he may regress in our conditions)

Good to see Livingstone called up - I would have personally liked to see Bairstow bat at 4 and Foakes take the gloves. But I cannot see that happening based on selections.

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Joined: August 20th, 2013, 11:26 am

January 11th, 2018, 9:48 am #10

Gary Ballance has been dropped by England and won't be touring New Zealand.

Sorry for him but it does make life easier for Yorkshire to plan for the season.

Livingston, Wood and Stokes replace Ballance, Ball and Tom Curran otherwise as is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/42626494
Its a shambles. Ballance does nothing wrong and gets dropped. Vince does nothing right and retains his place!!

On the bright side for Gary and Yorkshire - I suppose coming home and being involved in Yorkshires pre-season training is considerably better than carrying drinks for 2 months in New Zealand.
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