Eng­land’s Ball forced to sit out re­main­der of the sea­son

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET - CARL LIVESEY

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.”

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