Ballance catches new coach’s eye

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New England coach Peter Moores was handed triple cheer from Yorkshire players this week - his first in the job.

Gary Ballance and Alex Lees both starred with the bat at Headingley against Northants, while Joe Root made a low-key return from his broken thumb in a second-team friendly against Lancashire at Northop Hall in North Wales.

Ballance, who made his England debut in the final Test of the 5-0 defeat against Australia over the winter, issued a timely reminder of his talents with a superb 174 against Northants - his fourth century in as many first-class games for his county.

Ballance added 156 for the fourth wicket with Lees, who scored 90 in Yorkshire’s comprehensive innings victory.

Root, meanwhile, was dismissed for eight on his comeback. The Tykes trio will soon have another ally in the England camp, with former Yorkshire coach Paul Farbrace set to become assistant to Moores. Farbrace left Yorkshire to coach Sri Lanka and after winning two one-day titles in his short tenure, has been headhunted to assist Moores and his England revolution.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said: “Farby has worked with a number of our players from the first team through to the academy so his presence was felt strongly here at Yorkshire.

“The lads and staff really enjoyed working with him, and the fun atmosphere he brought.”