Notts’ Jake Ball eyes 50-over success with England Lions in Pakistan

Jake Ball following through during the NatWest T20 Blast match between the Outlaws and the Bears at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 15 May 2015.  Photo: Simon Trafford

Jake Ball following through during the NatWest T20 Blast match between the Outlaws and the Bears at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 15 May 2015. Photo: Simon Trafford

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Jake Ball is hopeful of carrying on his fine form during last season’s 50-over cricket for Notts in Pakistan with England Lions.

The seam bowler flew out on Wednesday with the squad for a five-match series against Pakistan A in Dubai this month.

He already featured for the Lions in the T20s before Christmas and was pleased with his contribution, as England won 3-2.

Ball said: “I found myself a nice role in the Notts team which was really nice. I managed to put in some really good performances, hopefully I can carry that in to the Lions series.”

The Lions lost the first game at the ICC’s Global Cricket Academy, then fell 2-1 behind under the floodlights at the nearby Dubai International Cricket Stadium. But from that sudden-death situation they firstly equalised to set up a series decider, and then claimed victory in dramatic fashion, as Tom Curran held his nerve in the Super Over.

Ball was pleased with his contribution during the Lions’ T20 success in December.

He said: “I think I’ve started really well. We’ve had a couple of warm up games in the UAE and I managed to get myself in the team, which was the first goal, and then to go in to the games and bowl the way I did was pleasing.

“As Twenty20 is on sometimes the batsmen have a good day or get a couple of edges for four and your figures don’t look as good but it was good to get out there and play for the England Lions, which was incredible.

“Anywhere near seven (runs) an over is what you’re looking at as an opening bowler and then as a death bowler, when the batsmen are looking to be the most attacking. Anywhere around there and you’ve had a good day.

“To come away with those stats was really pleasing.

The Lions tour also saw the likes of Liam Dawson, Sam Billings and Dawid Malan included in the squad.

“We gelled well,” said Ball. “It was important to win the series. Everyone has aspirations to go higher and play for the full England team but while you’re playing for the Lions against Pakistan A you’re looking to win that series.”