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August 20, 2017 Jake Ball News
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Ball took one for 44 off four overs in Friday's defeat to Leicestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast.
With how well Toby Roland-Jones has been bowling for England, Ball's place in the Test squad seems to have evaporated, barring injury or a drop in form by any of England's frontline seamers or if they choose to rotate the squad if they're able to lock up the series against the West Indies early. Ball has been in solid form in the NatWest T20 Blast for Nottinghamshire, but will need to be even better in his infrequent first-class opportunities to make his way back in the Test squad.
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Fantasy AnalysisBall injured his knee bowling in the second innings of Nottinghamshire's County Championship match against Kent at the end of June and was ruled out for two weeks. While he has just three Test caps to his name, Ball has shown himself to be an excellent first-class bowler at the domestic level and his absence from the England attack thins their already-shorn ranks with Chris Woakes unavailable. Ball could be selected for the second Test at Trent Bridge on July 14.
Fantasy AnalysisStrong work by the England middle order gave New Zealand an aggressive, but reachable target at 311, but Ball and the rest of the English bowlers kept the Black Caps at arm's length. Coming off one of his most expensive spells in an ODI, conceding 82 runs against Bangladesh in the opener, Ball sublimely bowled the opening over by knocking out Luke Ronchi for a golden duck and finished the match with a pair of maidens and also knocked out dangerman Ross Taylor. Ball will look to finish the group stage strong against Australia before heading into the semifinals.
Fantasy AnalysisWith his side only taking three wickets altogether, Ball was the most successful bowler for the English side as he took two wickets and went for 43 runs from his 10 overs. Ball clean bowled Quinton de Kock for 34 and then had Faf du Plessis caught behind for five. His bowling performance is a huge improvement on his last outing, when he was dispatched for 81 without a wicket against South Africa two days earlier.
Fantasy AnalysisBall 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.
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.