The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have issued the following statement on Gary Ballance’s return to cricket.

Gary is currently managing some heightened feelings of anxiety and stress following a long period of isolation due to the Covid-19 lockdown, his own recent viral illness and other personal factors.

The post-viral symptoms have affected his physical preparation for this shortened cricket season.

He is currently unavailable for selection and we are unable to put any timescales on his return to playing at this time.

However, Gary has increased his training volumes over the last week and is working hard both in the nets and on his general fitness.

Gary’s health and well-being remains our priority and the Club and medical staff will continue to work closely with Gary to support his return to playing as soon as possible.

The Club requests that Gary’s privacy in this matter is respected to allow him to focus on his return to cricket.

The Club will make a further announcement when Gary is ready to return to action.

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