England might have been rattled by their recent batting collapse but Gary Ballance believes his team will learn from the previous game and look to “put wrongs right” in the second Test against India, starting at Lord’s on Thursday.
Ballance said England must address their fragility, saying that it was Joe Root and James Anderson’s world-record last-wicket stand in Nottingham that turned the match for the hosts.
“Rooty and Jimmy (Joe Root and James Anderson) dug us out of that hole. I hope we can learn from that and put those wrongs right in this game,” he said.
“Yes, we had one (collapse) at Headingley (against Sri Lanka) and then one again at Trent Bridge,” he said.
In their nine-match winless streak, England had lost six wickets for 68 at Trent Bridge against India, while they lost five wickets for 18 runs against Sri Lanka in Leeds, in the last two Tests.
“We know we’ve got to put that right. We’re not going to hide away from that. We had that bad session at Trent Bridge. But the way those two (Root and Anderson) fought was unbelievable,” he told Sky Sports.
England led by Alastair Cook has come to a critical pint. The captain with only 97 runs in seven attempts this year and no century in his last 25 innings, while his team has badly misplaced the winning habit.
“Obviously we are looking for a win quite badly … we can take confidence from that fifth morning (at Trent Bridge) and try to build on it here. Giving ourselves a chance on a flat wicket, the lads came out of it feeling very confident,” Ballance said.
“Let’s just hope that over the next few games we can put in a good team batting performance, which will get us a big score and really put pressure on India,” he said.
Ballance, who scored 71 in England’s 496 at Trent Bridge, has so far contributed two half-centuries and his first hundred in only four Tests, is looking to capitalise on his good form.
“It would be nice to kick on and get a really big score, a match-winning one to try to get us a win for England and get us going for the summer,” he said.
He is also confident that Cook would soon be back to his prolific best, saying: “Every cricketer has been through a bad patch. You can’t hide away; you’ve got to be positive. I thought he captained brilliantly in that (last) game, and nearly got a win.
“Some (dips in form) take longer than others….there are plenty of coaches and other players who will support you.
“Cooky is very positive and upbeat, and you saw how he is enjoying his cricket when he had a bowl at Trent Bridge. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he gets that score,” England’s number three batsman said.
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