Ballance admits mental struggle after being dropped

Batsman Gary Ballance admits that he mentally struggled to deal with being dropped from the England Test side last summer, saying as a professional you have to be strong to block the critics out.

The Zimbabwe-born Balance was axed in the middle of the last Ashes series at home after only scoring one half-century in ten completed Test innings.

There were question marks about his technique against bowlers at the highest level but Ballance insists he has not changed much as he prepares to fight his way back into the England team with Yorkshire in county cricket.

Ballance said: "It is never nice losing your place and to be honest, it was tough. For a while I was struggling mentally and normally I consider myself quite strong in that respect.

"I was just going through a tough patch. I was struggling for form – you tell me a cricketer that hasn't.

"As far as I was concerned, it was just one of those things but because my technique is a little different to a standard person people like to comment. That's fair enough – people have got a job to do and that's fine with me.

"But you have to be quite strong as a professional to block these things out, especially when people start jumping on the bandwagon."

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