Gary Ballance: Ex-England striker scores one hundred on Zimbabwe Test debut | Cricket News

Former England striker Gary Ballance scored a century on his Zimbabwe Test debut by becoming the second player, after Kepler Wessels, to score Test tonnes for two different countries.

Ballance, 33, hit an unbeaten 137 on day four of the first Test against West Indies in Bulawayo.

Wessels scored hundreds of tries for Australia and South Africa.

Ballance played 23 Tests for England between 2013 and 2017, scoring 1,498 runs with four hundred and seven half-centuries.

The southpaw signed a two-year deal to play for his native Zimbabwe late last year after being released from Yorkshire and featured in a T20 international and two one-day internationals against Ireland in January .

Ballance played 23 Tests for England between 2013 and 2017, scoring 1,498 runs

In November 2021, Ballance admitted to using racist language towards former Yorkshire team-mate Azeem Rafiq, whose allegations of racism during his time at the Headingley club rocked cricket.

Rafiq has accepted an apology from Ballance, who was one of seven people charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board in June last year.

The other defendants were Matthew Hoggard, Tim Bresnan, Andrew Gale, John Blain, Richard Pyrah and Michael Vaughan.

Hoggard, Bresnan, Gale, Blain and Pyrah have withdrawn their cooperation in the disciplinary process, with a hearing to be held in public in London from March 1-9.

It means Vaughan is the only accused person to appear at the Cricket Disciplinary Committee hearing next month, with Ballance not admitting his charge.

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