Full name Jacob Timothy Ball
Born March 14, 1991, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Current age 25 years 47 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Nottinghamshire at Abu Dhabi, Mar 27-29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Manchester, Apr 17-20, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove, Sep 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||England Lions v Pakistan A at ICCA Dubai, Jan 30, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lancashire v Nottinghamshire at Manchester, Jul 10, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||England Lions v Pakistan A at ICCA Dubai, Dec 16, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|33, 4/63, 5, 2/29||Notts||v Lancashire||Manchester||17 Apr 2016||FC|
|21, 1/45, 5/98, 9*||Notts||v Surrey||Nottingham||10 Apr 2016||FC|
|18*, 3/21, 1/15||Notts||v Cambs MCCU||Cambridge||5 Apr 2016||FC|
|2/41, 1, 1/44||M.C.C.||v Yorkshire||Abu Dhabi||20 Mar 2016||FC|
|0/34, 6*||M.C.C.||v Yorkshire||Dubai||18 Mar 2016||Other T20|
|0*, 1/17||Eng Lions||v Pakistan A||ICCA Dubai||30 Jan 2016||LA|
|2, 1/20||Eng Lions||v Pakistan A||ICCA Dubai||28 Jan 2016||LA|
|1/62, 0*||Eng Lions||v Pakistan A||ICCA Dubai||25 Jan 2016||LA|
|1/31||Eng Lions||v Pakistan A||ICCA Dubai||22 Jan 2016||LA|
|2/25||Eng Lions||v Pakistan A||ICCA Dubai||20 Jan 2016||LA|
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 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.
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean