Ballance, who played 23 Tests and 16 one-day internationals from 2013-2017, has not appeared for Yorkshire in a season delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
England batsman and Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance is taking a break from cricket for personal reasons, his county said on Friday
Graeme Swann on 100-ball cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin's experiment with leg spin and Virat Kohli's test in England
Graeme Swann was of the opinion that Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who lately has been bowling more of leg-spin in the on-going Indian Premier League (IPL) should stick to off-spin.
The CA XI went after England spinners Jack Leach and Mason Crane, while Mark Wood conceded more than six an over.
Ashes 2017: England's chances hinge on how their batsmen tackle Australia's formidable bowling attack
England will need the Australia bowlers to under-perform and their batsmen to outperform expectations for them to stand a chance in this series, both of those scenarios is unlikely.
England's top order has obvious, glaring drawbacks and Starc is too good a bowler to not exploit that. Given his searing pace and penchant for openers, England's task is cut out
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood warns England that if their big guns don't fire it will place extra pressure on the inexperienced guys, leaving them exposed.
Ashes 2017: Moeen Ali believes England can defeat Australia in upcoming Test series even without Ben Stokes
Ali, speaking after England wrapped up their summer schedule with a nine-wicket win against a poor West Indies side in Southampton on Friday, acknowledged Stokes's importance but said they could win without him.
Ashes 2017: England’s squad picked for Australia is not their strongest, but seniors could help spring surprise
There is still plenty of uncertainty about the England batting line-up as well as many inexperienced faces in the squad. One bonus for the tourists is their hosts aren’t in great form either.
England's next international fixture will be the first Test in Brisbane and Bairstow is confident their batting is good enough, when asked if the batsmen measure up to their one-day counterparts.
England selectors mull over top order dilemma before Ashes, Mark Stoneman likely to partner Alastair Cook
England top order in recent times has seldom convinced barring opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root certain to play in the first Ashes test in Brisbane leaving England's selectors in quandary
Alastair Cook suggested Joe Root was the best England batsman he had played alongside after they both marked the country's entry into day/night Test cricket with hundreds against the West Indies at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Keaton Jennings, Tom Westley, Dawid Malan worst batsmen to ever play Test cricket, says Damien Fleming
Former Australia quick Damien Fleming says England's top six contains some of the worst batsmen he has seen play Test cricket and believes the home pace attack will run through them in the Ashes series at the end of the year.
England vs South Africa: Essex's Tom Westley hopes to emulate 'role model' Alastair Cook on debut next week
Significantly,Tom Westley made 106 not out against a strong South Africa attack for the second-string England Lions at Worcester last month.
Essex batsman Tom Westley is in line to make his England debut at number three in next week's third Test against South Africa at The Oval, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday.
England batsman Gary Ballance has been ruled out of next week's third Test against South Africa with a broken finger, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday.
Joe Root was stunned by former England captain Michael Vaughan's assertion that his side had failed to respect Test cricket during their thumping 340-run defeat to South Africa at Trent Bridge.
England vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj, Chris Morris take visitors to commanding position on Day 2
South Africa's performance was all the more impressive as fast bowler Rabada had been banned from this match as a result of swearing at England all-rounder Ben Stokes during the first Test.
England vs South Africa: Captain Joe Root lauds Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali for scripting 211-run win
Joe Root praised the parts played by predecessor Alastair Cook and all-rounder Moeen Ali after his first Test as skipper ended in a thumping 211-run win over South Africa
Moeen Ali helped England to a resounding victory in the first Test as they take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.