Ball delighted by Notts extension

18 June 2018 06:28:48 EST

World Cup hopeful Jake Ball has signed a contract extension with Nottinghamshire that will keep him at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2021 season.

The 27-year-old seamer is currently with the England squad for the Royal London Series versus Australia as reserve seamer, with Chris Woakes sidelined through injury.

With Woakes' return from a knee problem uncertain it could give the 21-cap Ball the chance to push his own case for a spot in the 15-man squad for next year's global 50-over tournament on home soil.

Although reigning champions Notts Outlaws were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the Royal London Cup by this year's finalists Kent, Ball still claimed 14 wickets in the competition.

Nor has anyone claimed more scalps than his 27 in the top-flight of the County Championship so far this season.

"Being Notts born and bred, I'm delighted to sign up to my home county for three more years," said Ball.

"It was fantastic to be involved in the success we had last year and I hope we can have more as a club in the seasons to come."

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores added: "It's great news that Jake has committed his future to the club. He continues to develop as a player and his contributions across all three formats have been instrumental in our success over the last 12 months.

"He has the ability to change a game through his pace and movement and that's something everyone wants in their team."

Notts are priced at 1212/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Surrey 1/33 and Somerset 9/1.

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