England need to break their nine-match winless streak, says Gary Ballance

"Obviously we are looking for a win quite badly"

“Obviously we are looking for a win quite badly”

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England batsman Gary Ballance has announced that the national team need to snap their nine-match winless streak during the second Test against India at Lord’s.

Ballance also admitted that it was tough watching England’s batting line-up collapse during the first Test in Nottingham. In fact, England lost six wickets in one session during the match.

England experienced the same thing during the second Test against Sri Lanka in Headingley, where they lost five wickets for just 18 runs in one session.

“Yes, we had one (collapse) at Headingley and then one again at Trent Bridge,” he said. “We know we’ve got to put that right. We’re not going to hide away from that.

“Rooty and Jimmy dug us out of that hole. I hope we can learn from that and put those wrongs right in this game. We had that bad session at Trent Bridge. But the way those two fought was unbelievable.

“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.

“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.”

Another worry for England is captain Alastair Cook’s drought. Cook has only scored 97 runs in seven matches this year and has not been able to hit a Test century in 25 innings.

“Every cricketer has been through a bad patch,” Ballance said. “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.”

However, Ballance has been enjoying batting at the number three spot, which used to belong to Jonathan Trott until he stepped away from the game with a stress-related illness.

In his first four Tests, Ballance has already scored a century and two half-centuries.

“I feel like I have brought some good form in, and a few decent scores,” he said. “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.”

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