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Gale: England missing a trick by not choosing to have Ballance

Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that England have not picked Gary Ballance in their One Day International winter squads.

No Ballance: Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that Gary Ballance was not picked for England's ODI tours to India and Sri Lanka Credit: Press Association

Ballance has been in fine form throughout the summer, helping England to a Test series win over India and Yorkshire to the County Championship title.

Speaking in his Yorkshire Post column, Gale, who is expected to be cleared of allegations of racism against Lancashire's Ashwell Prince, said: "I think England are missing a trick there because he is one of the best one-day and Twenty20 players in the country, but for whatever reason, England don’t seem to see that and see him more as a Test player.

"But I definitely believe in all three formats that Gary is one of the best players in the country.

"It has surprised me a little bit as I thought Gary would have been on that trip.

"He obviously hasn’t played much one-day cricket for England this summer, but if you give him an opportunity, Gary will take it.

"For me, it would have been nice to see him on that tour."

Worksop's Westwood beaten in Ryder Cup fourballs

Worksop golfer Lee Westwood has lost his fourballs match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Losing out: Lee Westwood (right) alongside Jamie Donaldson lost their fourballs match today Credit: Press Association

The pair were beaten 4&3 by USA pair Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk.

Team Europe currently lead 6½ to 5½ over USA at Gleneagles ahead of this afternoon's foursomes session, where Westwood and Donaldson will pair up again this Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Four men charged over cocaine find

Four men have been charged tonight in connection with the seizure of more than a tonne of cocaine off the Cork coast earlier this week.

Seventy-year-old John Powell from Silsden in West Yorkshire, along with 34-year-old Benjamin Mellor from Bradford and 28-year-old Thomas Britteon from Grimsby, are all accused of trafficking cocaine on a ship at sea with intent to import the drug. Stephen Powell, 47, from Guiseley, Leeds, has been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.

All four men have been remanded in custody.

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