Bayliss talks up Ball's chances

18 November 2017 05:15:41 EST

England coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that Jake Ball could feature in the first Test against Australia rather than Craig Overton.

England endured a frustrating Saturday as they drew against a Cricket Australia XI, taking just one wicket as the home team made 364-4 in their second innings.

Jason Sangha was dismissed for 133 while Matt Short was unbeaten on 134 as they put together a brilliant partnership of 263.

Mason Crane took the only wicket to fall on Saturday but Bayliss was quick to talk about Ball, who bowled well in the warm-up games in Adelaide and Perth, and appears to have cemented his place in the England team for the first Ashes Test, which is scheduled to start in Brisbane next week.

Bayliss said: "Over the three games we have got about as much as we possibly could.

"Today wasn't the perfect game of cricket for us. But it's time in the dirt. It was probably good to experience it, and the heat as well.

"I thought Ball was our best bowler in Perth, and he started off that way again in Adelaide too. He's fine now, bowled yesterday, got through a few spells in the nets today - and now he's bowling again [in middle practice after the early close]. He should be fit and raring to go."

England are 11/4 to win the first Test while Ball is 66/1 to be his team's top bowler in the Ashes series.

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