England v India: Gary Ballance pleased with ‘good lead’ after day two
England v India: Gary Ballance revels in the hosts's commanding 237-run lead at the end of day two
Gary Ballance was thrilled to help put England in the driving seat in the fifth Test after finishing day two with a lead of 237 runs over India.
Balance posted a credible innings of 64, whilst captain Alastair Cook continued his recent resurgence with 79 to help England hammer home their advantage at The Oval.
Despite Ian Bell and Moeen Ali falling cheaply, the hosts cemented their position thanks to Joe Root, who finished the day eight runs shy of a century.
And with England on 385-7, batsman Ballance reserved special praise of Yorkshireman Root as the hosts look to win the series 3-1.
“It’s great that we have batted all day and given ourselves a good lead. There’s a bit of seam and if you bowl in good areas you can create chances. Hopefully it will still do that tomorrow,” Ballance told BBC Sport.
“Rooty tried to put the bowlers under pressure and he did that very well.”
Ballance added: “I started the season feeling good and I’ve brought that to the Test matches. I felt like I was going nicely, but then probably played at a ball that I shouldn’t have.”