Newell offers backing to Ball
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes in-form seamer Jake Ball is still in the picture for a Test future with England.
The 27-year-old right-armer missed out on selection for the first Test against Pakistan, which starts at Lord's next Thursday, despite having made a flying start to the new County Championship season.
He's got it in his head that he's got to do his best for Notts and what will be, will be almost. That's a good attitude to have.Jake Ball
Ball leads the division one wicket-taking list with 27 in five matches and Newell has backed Ball to fight his way back into the international reckoning if he continues to shoe such impressive form.
He told the Nottingham Post: "He's been in excellent form. He's got it in his head that he's got to do his best for Notts and what will be, will be almost. That's a good attitude to have.
"He's made huge strides in the last few years. Jake was a slow burner - it took him a while to break through at Notts.
"Playing for England has given him a new confidence and maturity about his game. Perhaps last year he might have worried too much about whether he would be in the England squads.
"This year, he's going about it the opposite way and just focusing on his form for Notts, which I think is the right thing to do."
Ball has played in four Test matches and 17 one-day internationals for England to date and was a member of the Ashes touring party last winter.
Meanwhile, England are 4/9 to win the first Test against Pakistan, with James Anderson 13/5 to be top team first innings bowler, while Stuart Broad can be backed at 3/1.
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