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Ball To Play In First Ashes Test

22nd November 2017

Nottinghamshire bowler Jake Ball has been selected to play in the first Ashes test that gets underway in Brisbane at midnight.

The 26 year old from Warsop picked up an ankle injury in a warmup match but declared himself fit earlier this week. The Warsop born seamer will win his fourth test cap at The Gabba later and hope to be a part of an England team who can make a strong start to retiaining The Ashes Urn.

It will be tough however as England will walk out into the 'Gabbatoir' as it is affectionetally known by the locals due to the fact the Aussies usually 'slaughter' their opponents there. The ground holds the longest active win streak in Test cricket. Australia have not lost a Test at the venue since being rolled by the great West Indies team in 1988, almost 30 years ago!

In slightly less surprising team news Ball's Notts teammate Stuart Broad makes the 11. Broad needs just 12 wickets on the tour to reach 400 test wickets and become only the second ever England player to do so, following James Anderson.

Here's the England side in full (alphabetical order):

Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (capt), Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.


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