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Gary Ballance

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Full Name: Gary Simon Ballance
Born: November 22 1989 , Zimbabwe
Country: England
County: Yorkshire
Other teams: Derbyshire, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Under-19
Test debut: Australia v England, Sydney, Jan 3-5 2014
ODI debut: Ireland v England, Dublin, Sep 3 2013
Batting Style: Left-hand bat
Bowling Style: Leg-break


After a long wait to secure first-team cricket, Ballance showed his capabilities as a powerful middle-order batsman in all formats in 2011. The Zimbabwe-born left-hander, nephew of former Derbyshire director of cricket David Houghton, played five youth one-day internationals for Zimbabwe in February 2006 but then came to Britain to qualify to play for England. He contributed a score of 166 for Derbyshire's second XI in 2007 but, after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by, rejected an improved deal to sign an academy contract with Yorkshire. After limited appearances in th...

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