Cook gave me a ‘slap on the wrist’ for my wild night out in Nottingham, reveals Gary Ballance

"I probably had one too many"

“I probably had one too many”

Image courtesy of: The Indian Express

England batsman Gary Ballance has revealed that captain Alastair Cook gave him a “slap on the wrist” for his wild night out in Nottingham.

Ballance was pictured posing with fans and dancing and yelling with his shirt off.

“Obviously it had come out and I felt disappointed that I had let the lads down before a Test match, which was embarrassing and not what you want,” Ballance said. “I can’t remember ever doing that before. Cooky took me out for some food with Joe Root and Matt Prior and just said ‘these things happen’ and that in a few days’ time you would be laughing about it.

“There was not really a telling off – it was more a slap on the wrist and probably ‘don’t do it again’. It was after a Test, we had a few days off and you could go and have a drink but I probably had one too many.

“I was nervous what my parents would think but they were very understanding. I think they’ve framed one of the pictures.”

Ballance was also pleased to have scored a career-best 156 in the first innings of the third Test against India in Southampton. Ballance’s superb knock played a vital role in helping England register a 266-run win and level the series at 1-1.

“After we won we just went for a few beers at the hotel. It was great to get my first win and a special moment,” he said. “It was a great feeling because it’s been tough the past few months.

“We’ve had decent chances all summer but haven’t taken them. It’s good to get that complete performance in Southampton, it’s just what we needed.”

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