Full name Jacob Timothy Ball
Born March 14, 1991, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Current age 26 years 196 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
|Test debut||England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 14-17, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v England at Chennai, Dec 16-20, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Jun 14, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Nottinghamshire at Abu Dhabi, Mar 27-29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire at Nottingham, Sep 5-8, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Nottinghamshire at Chelmsford, Jun 16, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Manchester, Jul 10, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Birmingham, Sep 2, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5, 3/75, 34*, 0/49||Notts||v Worcs||Nottingham||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|2/26||Notts||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||2 Sep 2017||T20|
|2/32||Notts||v Hampshire||Birmingham||2 Sep 2017||T20|
|0, 2/32, 28*, 3/86||Notts||v Northants||Nottingham||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|2/21||Notts||v Somerset||Nottingham||24 Aug 2017||T20|
|1/44, 1*||Notts||v Leics||Nottingham||18 Aug 2017||T20|
|4, 2/22||Notts||v Worcs||Worcester||13 Aug 2017||T20|
|3/27||Notts||v Warwickshire||Nottingham||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|3/63, 43, 2/33||Notts||v Derbyshire||Derby||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|1/46||Notts||v Durham||Nottingham||5 Aug 2017||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.