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Gary Ballance wants to secure England Test place

Gary Ballance is aiming for big scores against Bangladesh
Gary Ballance is aiming for big scores against Bangladesh
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England batsman Gary Ballance wants to cement his place in the Test squad with strong performances in the upcoming series against Bangladesh.

After a promising start to his Test career which included three centuries and five fifties in the first 10 games, his form dipped in home series against New Zealand and Australia which saw him lose his place.

However, after a hiatus of 12 months, the 26-year-old forced his way back into the national squad after performing well for his county club Yorkshire. But, his comeback series against Pakistan wasn't a memorable one as he managed to score just 195 runs from four Tests at an average of 27.85.

Speaking about the series against Pakistan, Ballance said he felt confident in the middle, but lamented on the inability to make a big score.

"I thought I wasn't out of place, I felt good in most innings. It would have been nice to kick on and get a big score to cement myself in that middle order," he said.

"I took a lot of positives from that experience and I can definitely build on that."

With the likes of Ben Duckett performing well in the One-Day International series against Bangladesh, Ballance is aware that another failure in the Test series might see him lose his place again. However, he does not want to let the pressure get the better of him.

"If you keep thinking 'I've got to score runs to stay in the side'... you can't think like that, you've just got to play each day as it comes, play the situation of the game.

"If I can have a good winter then it'll be great to cement myself but there's a lot of work to actually do that."

Following the two-match Test series against Bangladesh, England will head to India for a five-match Test series and Ballance is wary of the threat from the spinners ahead.

"There's going to be a lot of spin, I think we know that. I've done a few weeks before we came out facing a lot of spin.

"I know my method now, I've just got to put it into the games and if I can get a decent score early on, it gives you so much confidence for the rest of the trip."

Ballance has overall played 19 Tests for England and has scored 1389 runs at an average of 43.40.

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