England suffer Ashes blow as Nottinghamshire bowler Jake Ball injures ankle


Nottinghamshire pace bowler Jake Ball is a serious doubt for the first Ashes Test match in Brisbane after picking up an injury in a warm-up game.

The 26-year-old went over on his ankle when coming in to bowl the fifth ball during his fourth over, suffering a sprain which England say will be assessed overnight.

After collapsing in pain, Ball then limped off the field in Adelaide as England took on a Cricket Australia XI.

Jake Ball gets treatment from the England medical team in Adelaide

Concern over Ball will only add to England’s problems ahead of the first Test which starts on November 23.

Already this week they’ve lost bowler Steven Finn who flew back to England to have his knee problem assessed, with him being replaced by Surrey’s Tom Curran.

All-rounder Moeen Ali, one of the key performers during England’s summer Test wins over South Africa and the West Indies is sitting out the four-day clash at the Adelaide Oval due to a side injury.

Jake Ball was able to hobble off the Adelaide pitch

England are already without talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes following an incident outside a Bristol night club in September, while Mark Wood was deemed not fit enough for the tour Down Under.

Toby Roland-Jones is another who enjoyed a good summer, but he was ruled out before the squad flew to Australia.



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