England's Ballance takes break from game for 'personal reasons'

Gary Ballance

England batsman and Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance is taking a break from cricket because of “personal reasons”.

Yorkshire say they have granted the 28-year-old “time away from the game” and he will miss “several” One-Day Cup matches, starting at Durham on Friday.

Ballance, who has 23 Test caps for England, did not play in the Tykes’ most recent County Championship fixture – an innings defeat by Surrey.

“We ask that his privacy be respected during this time,” said a statement.

Pace bowler Steven Patterson will skipper the side in Ballance’s absence.

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