Ball says he is fully fit for first Ashes Test

Jake Ball, who is fully fit after a scare in the lead-up to the Ashes Test series in Australia. (PHOTO BY: Mark Fear).
Jake Ball, who is fully fit after a scare in the lead-up to the Ashes Test series in Australia. (PHOTO BY: Mark Fear).

Mansfield bowler Jake Ball insists he is fully fit for England’s first Ashes Test against Australia at The Gabba, which starts on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Nottinghamshire seamer damaged ankle ligaments in his delivery stride during a warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

And although he missed the team’s final warm-up game, he has since returned to bowling in the nets and says he is ready to play against the Aussies, if selected.

Ball and fellow seamer Craig Overton are vying for a pace in England’s seam attack, alongside Jimmy Anderson, fellow Notts bowler Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.

“I feel like I have had enough bowling so, hopefully, come the first day, I will be ready to go,” said Ball. “I had my eyes closed for a split second when I went over my ankle. It did hurt at the time, but I managed to get a bit of movement while I was out there and, walking off, I didn’t seem too bad.

“As soon as I got the results back from the scan, it was all positive and really good. The medical staff have been amazing and have sorted me out and I am back fully fit now.

“I am really confident in what I am doing at the minute and I think that is what made the injury all the more frustrating.”