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April 4, 2017 Jake Ball News
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Ball (knee) will miss the first round of the Specsavers County Championship after a busy winter season for England, ESPN Cric Info reports.
Ball got his first real run in the England international squad for their tour of India, having played in two Tests and three ODIs before suffering a knee injury. With the injury still something of a concern, the England physios have held him out of the first round of the County Championship for further rest. Ball will have his eye on returning for the upcoming series against Ireland and South Africa ahead of the Champions Trophy.
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Fantasy AnalysisBall played in all three ODIs in India, including taking three wickets at Pune and the 25-year-old looked primed to lock-down his spot as a regular member of the squad, having notched just six ODI caps since making his debut at Dhaka in October. Ball injured himself on the first delivery of his third over in the teamís final tune-up against the WICB Presidentís XI before the start of the series on Friday. If he canít go, heíll likely be replaced by Chris Jordan or Stuart Broad.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving earlier making his test debut for England, Ball followed this up by playing in his first ODI. The pace bowler impressed greatly by picking up five wickets and taking home the man of the match award. Together with spinner Adil Rashid, the two cleaned up the Bangladesh batting order with five and four wickets respectively.
Fantasy AnalysisHaving been picked in the playing XI due to the injury of James Anderson (shoulder), Ball made his Test debut at Lordís and put in a solid effort in Pakistanís first innings, where they made 339. He picked up his first international wicket for England, a yorker to Azhar Ali that when reviewed by the batsmen was shown to be clipping leg stump. The debutant finished with figures of one for 51 from 19 overs, including five maidens.