Thursday 16 January 2014 

Video - Ballance Motivated By Competition For Places

England batsman Gary Ballance says the amount of players doing well in county cricket and on the fringes of the team help him stay motivated to perform at the highest level.

The Zimbabwean-born playe made his Test debut in the final Ashes match in Sydney and then went on to top score for England as they were comfortably beaten in the first One-Day International in Melbourne.

Now, ahead of the second match tomorrow (17th January) in Brisbane, Ballance says the number of players fighting for a place in the side means he has to keep performing.

"There's loads of good young players in England who've done well at county cricket and then who've been given that opportunity in this series here so there's going to be a lot of competition," he said.

"I'm just trying to have a good rest of series here and then be ready for the English summer."

With James Anderson and Kevin Pietersen being rested from the series, Graeme Swann recently retiring and Steven Finn returning home to work on his game, the likes of Ballance, Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan will be desperate to take any chances they get to impress the selectors.

Whether that is enough to beat an Australia side which is looking strong despite resting Mitchell Johnson, remains to be seen.

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