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Ballance targets key moments

Gary Ballance believes England can turn around their series against India ahead of the third Investec Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

England are 1-0 down following the 95-run defeat at Lord’s earlier this week, but Ballance saw enough positives to believe England can fight back on the south coast.

“It was obviously disappointing to lose at Lord’s,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“We had opportunities, we are playing decent cricket, we’re not playing bad cricket. We’re getting ourselves in positions to win games but not quite finishing them off which is a bit frustrating.

“Guys are doing well and we can take a bit of confidence. We know we’ve just got to improve on those important sessions.”

England are set to make at least one change to their side with Jos Buttler drafted into the squad for Matt Prior after he opted to step aside from international cricket this summer due to injury.

Ballance admits Prior’s experience will be missed, but is confident Buttler can lift the team on his Test debut.

“Obviously Matt has done a great job over the years and he has won loads of games for England so it’s a tough one,” he said.

“Then again Jos has won loads of games for England in the limited overs formats. He’ll bring that youth into it and he’s obviously a very exciting player and he can win you games. They are both very good cricketers and I’m sure England will be good for it.”

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