Cricket: Ballance pleased after ton

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Gary Ballance ensured England still have a feasible opportunity to break their run of nine Tests without a victory after reaching three figures at Lord’s for the third time this season.
Having made 130 for Yorkshire against Middlesex and 104 not out in last month’s first Test against Sri Lanka, the left-hander added 110 as England reached 219-6 in reply to India’s 295 in the second Investec Test.
Ballance was delighted to extend his good record at HQ and he told Sky Sports: “It’s a great place to play cricket and it’s gone well this season.
“It was quite a tough pitch this morning but once you got in, it was a good day to score runs.
“We lost a few wickets early on and to be fair they bowled well, but (Ian Bell) and I tried to hang in and scrap, thinking ‘hopefully the runs will come later on’ and they did.
“It’s still a good pitch and if we can keep them in the field a bit longer we can get a good lead.”
Ballance had one let-off on 32 when he edged a delivery which left him down the notorious Lord’s slope, the ball flying between wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan at first slip for four.
“Looking at it again, I probably could have left it,” he admitted. “When you look round, it feels great to see it going through there.
“When it’s going away down the hill, I try to leave as much as I can. Once you get in, you feel like you’re batting on a flat pitch, but early on you do have to think about it.”

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