Ballance concussed in the nets while Salt suffers foot injury after cycling accident

Freak injuries have ruled Gary Ballance and Phil Salt out of the opening round of the County Championship season, which begins on Thursday.

Ballance, the Yorkshire batsman who played 23 Tests for England, will miss the fixture against Glamorgan against Headingley following a “freak accident” in the build-up to the game. It is understood that he suffered a concussion after being hit by a ball in the nets, and he is expected to be available for Yorkshire’s second match of the season, against Kent on April 15.

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