Gary Ballance admits his thirst for improvement remains unquenched after making an impressive return to action with Yorkshire after more than 18 months away from competitive cricket.

Yorkshire’s batting linchpin has returned with scores of 74 (Sussex away) and 96 (Kent at home) in three LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures.

The left-hander missed the whole of last summer through illness before missing the opening two games of 2021 following concussion.

He has played his part in the White Rose county’s three wins and two draws, leaving them second in Group Three – seven points behind Lancashire.

And he will be hoping to post a first century since July 2019 in this Thursday’s televised clash with Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Ballance, 31, says he is loving life back in the thick of the action and that his time away has maybe given him a more relaxed attitude to his cricket despite a pursuit for perfection.

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