Embarrassed Gary Ballance vows not to repeat his nightclub exploits
London: Left embarrassed after photographs of him dancing shirtless in a nightclub were splashed across newspapers, England batsman Gary Ballance said on Friday that he would never repeat such behaviour even though he was merely trying to have some fun.
Ballance more than made up for the episode by scoring 110 runs in the ongoing second cricket Test against India here, adding to his century tally at Lord's, where he got his maiden Test hundred earlier in the summer against Sri Lanka.
"It's been an interesting week. I didn't really expect it, but it's nice to score some runs and put us back in a decent position," he said, referring to the nightclub incident after the drawn Test in Nottingham.
The batsman had been photographed dancing with his shirt off and although he didn't break any curfew rules after the Test was over, he was slapped on the wrists by the ECB for indecent public behaviour.
"I didn't see it coming, and it was a bit embarrassing. I was probably a bit naive, but I didn't really break any rules. I was just having fun after a Test match. But I'll learn from that, and probably won't do it again," said Ballance admitting regret. "I felt a bit of pressure turning up here on day one, with what happened.
But everyone around me was very supportive - the coaches, all the players, my family were backing me and saying mistakes happen. You've got to learn from it, and move on," Ballance said.