Full name Jacob Timothy Ball
Born March 14, 1991, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Current age 25 years 134 days
Major teams England, England Under-19s, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Only Test||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 14-18, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Nottinghamshire at Abu Dhabi, Mar 27-29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 14-18, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Market Warsop, Jul 24, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Manchester, Jul 10, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Birmingham, Jul 22, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|7*, 1/36||Notts||v Derbyshire||Market Warsop||24 Jul 2016||LA|
|1/32||Notts||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||22 Jul 2016||T20|
|1/51, 4, 0/37, 3||England||v Pakistan||Lord's||14 Jul 2016||Test # 2206|
|1/18||Notts||v Worcs||Nottingham||9 Jul 2016||T20|
|1/26||Notts||v Northants||Northampton||8 Jul 2016||T20|
|-||Notts||v Durham||Nottingham||1 Jul 2016||T20|
|0, 4/76||Notts||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||26 Jun 2016||FC|
|2/18||Notts||v Derbyshire||Derby||24 Jun 2016||T20|
|4/85, 8, 1/18, 1||Notts||v Surrey||The Oval||19 Jun 2016||FC|
|1/33||Notts||v Worcs||Worcester||18 Jun 2016||T20|
Jake Ball's reputation as a fast bowler of promise was cemented in 2015 when he was one of a group of young fast bowlers called up for an England Development Programme fast bowling camp and given a place on an England Lions tour of Pakistan. His breakthrough season had brought 39 Championship wickets, allied to a late-order penchant for six hitting. The rise continued early in the 2016 season when he was handed a maiden Test call-up.
The nephew of Bruce French, the former Nottinghamshire and England wicket-keeper, Ball is a former England Under-19 international. He made his Nottinghamshire debut at the end of the 2009 season, against Sussex in a Pro40 match at Hove. Bowling right-arm medium-pace, he claimed Rory Hamilton-Brown as his first senior wicket but when he batted he was out first ball as Dwayne Smith completed a hat-trick.
He played in two Under-19 Test matches in 2010, taking 5 for 64 in the second innings against Sri Lanka at Scarborough, to set up an England win. He made his first class debut for Nottinghamshire in the Champion County v MCC match in Abu Dhabi in March 2011, taking 3 for 72 in the second innings. Most of his county cricket so far has been in the one-day, in which he impressed enough in 2012 to be named Nottinghamshire's Young Player of the Year and be awarded a one-year contract extension.
Ball's biggest impact in the early part of his Nottinghamshire career came in the semifinal of the YB40 in 2013 when he took 4 for 25, his best figures in senior cricket, as Somerset were beaten by some distance. Ball missed the final because of a back injury but could at least watch with satisfaction from afar as Notts brished aside Glamorgan to claim their fist piece of one-day silverware for more than 20 years.
After his 2014 season was disrupted by a broken foot his continued success in white-ball cricket in 2015 earned him a first call-up to the England Lions squad.
Also, losing ten-fors, and back to back Tests at Lord's
Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory
Stats highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test, where Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show from the hosts
Sri Lanka's lead spinner must feel like a bus driver in charge of a spluttering vehicle as the hosts strive to challenge a strong Australian side
There was enough logic in Alastair Cook's decision not to enforce the follow-on to make it understandable at worst and reasonable at best
Australia will be hoping that Mitchell Marsh grows from an emerging allrounder into a top-quality allrounder by the end of the Sri Lanka tour