The top order left handed batsman Gary Ballance would like to believe he is a little unlucky to miss out on selection in the England test squad for the tour to UAE where a 3-match test series against Pakistan is to be played.
Ballance was dropped after two consecutive low scores in the second Ashes test this year.
More than the scores, it was Ballance’s way of batting which led to his axe. He was just not being able to provide any sort of momentum to the England innings batting at no. 3.
After Ballance’s exclusion from the squad, it’s Ian Bell who batted one down and although, he scored a couple of fifties, he did not look that comfortable at that position.
The player who replaced Ballance in the squad i.e. his Yorkshire teammate Jonny Bairstow batted at no. 5 and he did not pile on runs either.
So, it was believed Ballance might make a comeback for the Pakistan series considering the fact that the pitches will be slow in Emirates and thus, the weakness of the left hander against the short pitched bowling is less likely to be exposed.
But, the selectors decided to go with James Taylor who last played red ball Cricket for England 3 years back, but, has been part of the limited over set up for the last few months.
Taylor is somebody who is tailor made for batting on spinner friendly surfaces and he, unlike Ballance, always remains quite busy at the crease.
Taylor’s hundred in the Old Trafford ODI, where the pitch turned quite a bit, might have just sealed his ticket to Emirates.
The Pakistan-England series starts on 13th of October with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi.