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Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane

Ball books XI berth ahead of Overton

Nov 22, 2017: Jake Ball will be the fourth member of England's seam attack when the Ashes starts in Brisbane on Thursday

George Dobell at the Gabba

The Ashes 2017-18

'Confident' Ball fit for Gabba Ashes bow

Nov 20, 2017: Jake Ball said he hopes he "can bounce a few Aussies out" if he wins selection for the first Test in Brisbane

George Dobell in Brisbane

Cricket Australia XI v England XI, Tour match, Townsville, 4th day

'We are not here to make up the numbers' - Bayliss

Nov 18, 2017: Trevor Bayliss has provided the clearest hint yet that Jake Ball has earned the final spot in England's XI for the Brisbane Test

George Dobell in Townsville

Cricket Australia XI v England XI, Tour match, Townsville, 3rd day

Jake Ball 'a great chance' to play in Brisbane

Nov 17, 2017: It appeared Jake Ball's chances of playing the first Test had disappeared when he rolled his ankle in Adelaide, but he could still pip Craig Overton to the final bowling slot

George Dobell in Townsville

The Ashes 2017-18

England's Ashes casualty list

Nov 9, 2017: The Test team's bowling resources have taken a severe hit over the last six months

George Dobell

Cricket Australia XI v England, tour match, 2nd day, Adelaide

Another injury scare for England as Ball sprains ankle

Nov 9, 2017: The England quick sprained his ankle in his fourth over of the day and was ruled out of the second day of the tour match

George Dobell in Adelaide

Western Australia XI v England, Perth

Anderson marks red-ball return with four-for

Nov 5, 2017: England's first-choice seam attack gained miles in the legs and gained exposure to the Australian conditions, but they may be concerned by a couple of dropped chances

The Report by George Dobell in Perth

England news

Stokes, Hales retained; Wood loses Test contract

Oct 6, 2017: Jake Ball has earned a white-ball contract but fellow pace bowlers Wood and Steven Finn have both slipped down the pecking order

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Ashes 2017-18

How would you replace Ben Stokes?

Sep 30, 2017: Ben Stokes is currently part of the Ashes squad, but England will have to start making plans for him not being there. That is easier said than done for a world-class allrounder

Andrew McGlashan

Who should England pick for the Ashes?

Sep 21, 2017: It is a task both easy and difficult. The unusual problem is that the difficult part is to do with key positions in the order

Mark Nicholas

Nottinghamshire v Northants, Specsavers Championship Division Two, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Ball's brace keeps Nottinghamshire on course

Aug 30, 2017: Nottinghamshire are closing in on their seventh victory of the season after maintaining the upper hand against Northamptonshire

ECB Reporters Network

Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, NatWest T20 Blast, North Group, Trent Bridge

Patel trumps Hain as Notts coast home

Aug 11, 2017: An unbeaten half century from Samit Patel helped Nottinghamshire strengthen their lead at the top of the North Group of the NatWest T20 Blast competition

ECB Reporters Network

Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire, NatWest Blast North Group, Derby

Notts complete derby double to trim high-fliers

Aug 4, 2017:

ECB Reporters Network

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

Wood fears the chop as competition for places hots up

Jul 12, 2017: England look set to name an unchanged team for the second Test, but the sight of Chris Woakes and Jake Ball back in training suggested selection could become highly competitive before the end of the summer

George Dobell at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's

Broad ready for Lord's after sweating on heel injury

Jun 30, 2017: Stuart Broad is confident of being fit for England's first Test of the summer, against South Africa at Lord's next week, after suffering a heel problem while playing for Nottinghamshire last week

Alan Gardner at Lord's

England news

Ball ruled out of SA Test, Lord's final

Jun 29, 2017: Jake Ball has been ruled out of the Lord's Test against South Africa with a knee strain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nottinghamshire v Kent, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Trent Bridge, Day 2

Ball's knee injury leaves England and Notts on tenterhooks

Jun 27, 2017: Jake Ball and Stuart Broad are doubtful for the Royal London Cup final on Saturday and that is also bad news for England with the first Test around a week away

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge

England v New Zealand, Champions Trophy, Group A

Wood repays the faith as England bowlers make their stand

Jun 6, 2017: England's batsmen have hogged the limelight, but today it was the bowlers' turn, not least Mark Wood, whose solitary wicket may have sealed the win

Andrew McGlashan in Cardiff

England v New Zealand, Champions Trophy, Group A

Resolute England march into semi-finals

Jun 6, 2017: England put together a complete performance on a difficult day for cricket in Cardiff to seal passage to the Champions Trophy semi-finals

The Report by David Hopps

Notts v Sussex, Specsavers Championship Div Two, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Nottinghamshire's dream attack dismantles Sussex

Apr 22, 2017: Sussex, weakened by injuries, short on experience with bat as well as ball, were likely always to find the going tough here but just how tough may have taken even them by surprise

Jon Culley at Trent Bridge
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