England’s Ball forced to sit out remainder of the season
ENGLAND and Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball will miss the remainder of the county season because of a back injury.
The 27-year-old, whose international career has comprised of four Tests, 18 one-dayers and two Twenty20s, sustained the problem in the Vitality Blast game against Derbyshire earlier this month.
Ball will therefore be absent for the Outlaws’ T20 quarter-final at Somerset which has been rescheduled for today due to yesterday’s wet weather.
He will also miss the final four County Championship matches of the campaign.
“I’m extremely disappointed to get the news,” said Ball.
“I’d hoped to be back for the final parts of the season but unfortunately that isn’t possible,” said Ball.
“I’ll be following and support- ing the boys and hopefully we can get through to Finals Day and have a go at defending our title.
“For me I’ll be working hard on my rehab so that I can have a full winter programme and be raring to go for next season.”
Ball has featured in all three formats for England in the last 12 months but seems to have slipped behind several bowlers at Test level.
He remains on the fringes of the limited-overs sides, though, playing in the final T20s against India last month.
Australia’s Ashton Agar, meanwhile, is hoping to prove a big hit for the national side by the time next year’s World Cup comes around.
Agar is part of the Australia A squad playing in a quadrangular series in India and the spin-bowling all-rounder made the most of his opportunity to showcase his power with the bat in Saturday’s clash with South Africa A.
Coming in late in the Australian innings, Agar struck 17 not out from just four deliveries, including two sixes, as Travis Head’s team posted an impressive 322-5. He was also the Aussies’ most economical bowler with a tidy 1-36 from 10 overs.
His batting cameo followed his 34 off 40 in the side’s opening loss to India A last Thursday, topscoring in an otherwise disappointing innings.
Australia’s ODI side was shown up by England’s big-hitting, fastscoring approach to one-day cricket during their UK limitedovers tour in June, and Agar revealed he had been working on his power hitting.
“I think it’s really important for me to be able to come in and go from ball one,” said Agar, after the 32-run win over the Proteas.
“For the last month I was in the nets working on my six hitting, and to be able to come in and try and finish an innings.”