Former England Cricketer, Gary Ballance announced his retirement from all forms of Cricket on Wednesday, April 19 just four months after switching to Zimbabwe Cricket. The swashbuckling left-handed batter signed a two-year contract with Zimbabwe Cricket to play for his home country just three months after that he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Notably, Gary Ballance smashed a century against West Indies right on his Test debut for Zimbabwe in February 2023. The swashbuckling Yorkshire captain stated that he no longer desires to play cricket & thanked Zimbabwe Cricket for giving him this opportunity to play for his home country.
“After much thought, I have decided to retire from all forms of professional cricket with immediate effect. I had hoped my move to Zimbabwe would provide me with a new-found happiness for the game, and I will always be thankful to Zimbabwe Cricket for providing me with an opportunity to return to international cricket and welcoming me into their team,” Gary Balance said in the statement.
“However, I have reached the stage where I no longer have the desire to dedicate myself to the rigors of professional sport, and this would do Zimbabwe Cricket and the game itself a disservice, should I carry on. I wish them every success going forward,” Ballance added.
A Glimpse of Gary Ballance’s Achievements
The Zimbabwean Cricketer made his debut for England in 2013 & kicked off his Test Career in 2014. He was the third fastest batter to score 1000 runs for England in test format. He has achieved this feat in just ten matches at an average of 60.00
But soon there came a downfall in his career as he couldn’t continue his good form & ended up scoring just two fifties in the next 13 matches for England. As a result, he lost his place in the National team. Ballance last played for England in their home Test series against South Africa in 2017 but after the first two fixtures, he was ruled out of the series due to an injury.
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