England batsman Gary Ballance has decided to take an indefinite break from cricket for personal reasons and will miss “several” matches in the ongoing Royal London One-Day Cup, the club announced in a statement on Friday.
The 28-year old, who missed the County Championship game against Surrey last week, was also left out of Yorkshire’s opening fixture in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Durham on Friday.
Yorkshire said in a statement: “Gary Ballance is set to miss several Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures after the club this week granted him some time away from the game due to personal reasons. We ask that his privacy be respected during this time.”
Ballance made his Test debut in the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney in 2014 -coincidentally replacing Jonathan Trott, the former England cricketer, who also took a break from cricket due to stress-related illness.
The Zimbabwe-born batsman has featured in 23 Tests for England. He took over the captaincy mantle for Yorkshire from Andrew Gale in 2017 and scored 951 runs in the season which also spurred the selectors to recall him to the national side for the Tests against South Africa.
Unfortunately, the left-handed batsman injured his finger during the second Test and was ruled out of the remaining two Tests. Ballance had a poor start to the county season where he has scored 137 runs in three matches.