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Gary Ballance in form again for England Lions
In-form Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance cracked 115 as the England Lions
dominated their unofficial one-day international against Bangladesh A at the County Ground, Bristol today.
Ballance and Lions captain Luke Wright, who provided a compelling case for his return to the national 50-over side, added 225 runs in 121 balls at the back end of the innings.
Wright thumped a 68-ball unbeaten 143, blasting ten sixes and 11 fours and reaching his century from 51 balls, in the Lions’ 353-4 before helping bowl out the tourists a massive 202 runs short of their target by taking two wickets.
Ballance, uncapped by England but in the squad for this month’s two Twenty20 fixtures against Australia, reached his century from 81 balls as a Bangladesh A side - containing nine full internationals - were put to the sword.
The century-makers came together with England coasting along at just under a four-an-over rate, at 112-3 in the 29th over.
But in the next 20 overs, Wright and Ballance upped the ante considerably - scoring at more than 11 runs per over - with the captain at one point hitting Mominul Haque for a hat-trick of sixes in an over that cost 24.
Wright’s last one-day international was over two years ago, as he has instead become a preferred option in Twenty20 cricket, but he could come into consideration for the five-match one-day internatiional series against Australia next month should England opt to rest some of their Ashes winners.
Wright followed his heavy hitting by returning figures of 2-5 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 151 in 47 overs.
The three-match series continues at Taunton on Thursday.
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