Ball eyeing up England return
Fast bowler Jake Ball is determined to earn another chance with England by impressing for Nottinghamshire when the County Championship season starts.
Ball and Notts open their Division One campaign against Lancashire at Old Trafford on Friday, with the paceman having been frustrated for much of the winter international programme.
I haven't had a run of games where I've shown what I can do and proved to people what I can do.Jake Ball
The 27-year-old featured in the opening Test of the Ashes series in Australia, but made just one further appearance before being overlooked for the tour of New Zealand which followed.
And, having made four Test appearances to date, Ball is eager to force his way back into the selection shake-up.
He told PA Sport: "I don't think one game is any time to nail down a spot. I think you need to be given a few games.
"I've played four Tests: one one-off game in England, two at the back end of an India series and one at the start of the Ashes series. I haven't had a run of games where I've shown what I can do and proved to people what I can do.
"In that sense it's been frustrating and I'd quite like a run in the side, but you're not always going to get that. Sometimes you have to take that one opportunity.
"I know I can bowl 85mph plus. I've got the height, I can get good bounce, get a bit of seam movement and I've proved that with Notts. I'd say England haven't quite seen that from me yet."
Ball can be backed at 16/1 to be top bowler in the first division of the County Championship this summer, with Essex seamer Jamie Porter priced at 7/1 and recent Surrey signing Morne Morkel 7/1.
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