Ballance back in the runs
Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance is scoring runs again after 18 months out of the game and reckons a new, relaxed outlook is behind the resurgence.
And the former England batsman insists he is still as hungry as ever for success as he eyes up a first century of the season when the White Rose county, who are 8/1 to for the County Championship title, take on Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.
The match in Cardiff is being billed as a pre-Ashes showdown between Ballance's Yorkshire teammate and England captain Joe Root and Marnus Labuschagne, the relentless
Australian run-scoring machine, back starring for Glamorgan this summer.
But Ballance insists it's Championship points rather than Ashes bragging rights that are on the line.
Yorkshire head into their fifth group game well placed to secure a top-two finish which would qualify them for the elite championship group in the second half of the season.
And Ballance, who has already posted 74 against Sussex and 96 against Kent, is certainly making up for lost time as he heads to South Wales.
"I've really enjoyed it and I'm feeling better in myself," said Ballance, who missed the 2020 season through illness and the first two games of this season with concussion.
He told the York Press: "I am still a perfectionist and striving to get better all the time but I have felt far more at ease over the last month or so. It can feel a bit rusty at times but it doesn't feel like I haven't played for that long."