England call up Ball as Woakes’ replacement

Jake Ball called up replace Chris Woakes out first part Australia ODI series quad strain England cricket

Jake Ball last played ODI cricket in January

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England have added pace bowler Jake Ball in their squad for the Australia ODI series since all-rounder Chris Woakes has been ruled out for the first part of the series with a right quad strain.

Woakes, who sustained the injury during the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley, will also miss the one-off ODI against Scotland on June 10 in Edinburgh. He has been replaced by seamer Tom Curran.

Woakes is the second player England have lost for the Scotland ODI and the first part of the five-match ODI series against Australia after all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is currently recovering from a torn left hamstring.

Ball has represented England in 17 ODIs to date, with the last one coming against Australia in January, and has taken 21 wickets at an average of 45.28.

“Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball has been drafted into England’s ODI squad for the Royal London series against Australia as cover for all-rounder Chris Woakes,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement. “Woakes, who will be unavailable for the first part of the series with a right quad strain, joins Ben Stokes (left hamstring tear) on the injured list.

“Both players have commenced their injury rehab programmes and will be hoping to respond to treatment with the aim of featuring in the latter stages of the series.”

England’s ODI series against Australia gets underway on June 13 at The Oval.

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