Will Ballance get an England recall?

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Will Ballance get an England recall?

Joined: December 28th, 2003, 2:48 am

April 30th, 2017, 2:16 pm #1

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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April 30th, 2017, 2:34 pm #2

I don't see where there's a position for him in the set up at present.
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April 30th, 2017, 2:42 pm #3

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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England's Test top 6 still looks like a work in progress, as they showed in the winter. Wouldn't be surprised to see him shoved in at no.3 again, in fact I think it's inevitable.
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April 30th, 2017, 2:49 pm #4

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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Surely England's top six is Hameed, Jennings, Cook, Root, Stokes, Bairstow.

It will need one of them to fail for Ballance to get a recall.

And yes, it would put paid to our Championship winning chances, fragile as they are anyway.
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April 30th, 2017, 3:03 pm #5

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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Please heaven No is all I can say about this
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April 30th, 2017, 4:29 pm #6

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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It wouldn't surprise me if Strauss called up Ballance for England when Yorkshire are due to play Middlesex.
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April 30th, 2017, 4:43 pm #7

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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I think you're missing one player, Stu. With Stokes one of the 4 seam bowlers, plus Ali, there's room for another batsman - or a specialist wicket-keeper, if such still exists.

Cook, Hameed, Jennings, Root, batsman, Stokes, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes/Wood, Broad, Anderson.

Options at 5: Ballance, Bell, Vince, Duckett, Buttler, perhaps others: or Bairstow at 5 and a real keeper at 7 or 8 (which they won't do, because there are no wicket-keeping stats kept. There's no proof that Knott was better than Bairstow, and there IS proof that Jonny was the better batsman.)

I would think that if they picked Ballance when he was hopelessly out of form last season, he's a nailed on certainty now.

The other worry would be the early-season form of Hameed; Jennings to open, which could free up yet another middle-order spot. Or Lyth to open, if he hits form just at the right (wrong) time.

Perhaps we should be cheering Hameed on, tomorrow.
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April 30th, 2017, 6:00 pm #8

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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The England hierarchy like Ballance which is why they rushed him back. Question is whether they've (wrongly) decided that he is a busted flush.
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Joined: September 7th, 2015, 9:28 pm

April 30th, 2017, 8:25 pm #9

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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I can see England going back to Ballance towards the latter end of the season if Hameed or Jennings fail badly, or if one of Root, Cook or Bairstow picks up an injury.

If he continues in such good form I can quite imagine he would be in line for the ashes squad.
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May 1st, 2017, 9:07 am #10

Speculation is increasing that Gary Ballance is in line for an England recall. His amazing form, and the fact that Yorkshire's Joe Root is now the England captain, must certainly have enhanced the Yorkshire captain's England prospects.

Given Yorkshire's fragile top order batting lineup, would losing our captain and top scorer put paid to our Championship winning chances...or worse?

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Can't see England wanting Bairstow to bat as low as 7 and they like Stokes at 6 so I think that top 6 is pretty much settled. Don't need an extra batsman with Ali and Woakes at 7 and 8. I'd see it as:
Cook
Hameed
Jennings
Root
Bairstow
Stokes
Ali
Woakes
Broad
Wood
Anderson
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