England’s fast bowler Jake Ball has signed a two-year deal with the county cricket team Nottinghamshire on Tuesday. The pacer has already played 18 ODIs and four Tests and a couple of T20I matches for England.
He has spent most of his career playing for Nottinghamshire in England’s domestic circuit after making his competitive cricket debut in 2011. Known for his medium pace bowling, he has so far been impressive for England in ODIs by taking 21 wickets in 18 matches.
In fact, he was sensational on his ODI debut as he took five wickets against Bangladesh in 2016 which England won by 21 runs in the end.
He was also the leading wicket-taker in the last season’s T20 Blast tournament with 19 wickets under his belt.
“Last season was about getting my love for the game back,” said Mansfield-born Ball. “Winning a trophy for the people of Notts, in the midst of what’s been a tremendously difficult time for everyone, was extra special.
“It took a huge amount of work last winter to get my bowling where it needed to be, and having the chance to work closely with one of the best around in (Notts assistant coach) Kevin Shine helped me a lot.
“I’m Nottinghamshire through and through. I’ve sat in the stands at Trent Bridge as a youngster. I’ve played in the Notts age group sides. I want to play my whole career here and I’m delighted that I’ll be sticking around for at least another three years.” he concluded.
Ball possesses a considerable amount of experience in the domestic circuit ever since making his debut Nottinghamshire debut in 2009. He has amassed a total of 364 wickets across all the formats he has played including the stint with Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.
Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire’s head coach said, “Jake’s going into the next phase of his career on the back of a 2020 in which he not only got back to his best, he moved his game on and got better.
“He’s been part of the setup at Trent Bridge for so long and he’s such a popular figure that everybody within the club keenly feels his highs and lows. He’s on a high right now, and we all know how dangerous a fully fit and firing Jake Ball can be.”