England v South Africa First Test Betting: Ballance has to prove he belongs

Mates - Joe Root and Gary Ballance have been friends since they shared digs
Mates - Joe Root and Gary Ballance have been friends since they shared digs

England's Test team starts a new era on Thursday with Joe Root as skipper. Ralph Ellis reports that there are already concerns about the first team he's helped to pick...


"Even Ballance thought his international chances had come and gone, and he settled to concentrate on captaining Yorkshire until Root, in his first meeting ahead of this week’s four match Test series with South Africa, went into bat for his mate and convinced the other three selectors to give him a third chance."

Ralph Ellis

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