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Jacob Timothy "Jake" Ball (born 14 March 1991) is an English cricketer. Ball is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace. He was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England and educated at the Meden School in Market Warsop.[1] On 14 July 2016 he made his Test debut for England against Pakistan.[2] His uncle, Bruce French, also played Test cricket for England and was chosen to present Ball with his England cap before his Test debut in July 2016.[3]

Jake Ball
Jake Ball bowls for Nottinghamshire.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJacob Timothy Ball
Born (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 28)
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Height6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m)
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RelationsBN French (uncle)
N French (uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 671)14 July 2016 v Pakistan
Last Test23 November 2017 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 245)7 October 2016 v Bangladesh
Last ODI24 June 2018 v Australia
ODI shirt no.28 (formerly 81)
Domestic team information
2009–presentNottinghamshire (squad no. 28)
2016Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 4 18 56 96
Runs scored 67 38 920 198
Batting average 8.37 9.50 13.33 8.60
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 31 28 49* 28
Balls bowled 612 947 8,486 4,060
Wickets 3 21 182 118
Bowling average 114.33 46.66 27.01 33.76
5 wickets in innings 0 1 6 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/47 5/51 6/49 5/51
Catches/stumpings 1/– 5/– 7/– 19/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 May 2019


Under-19s CareerEdit

Ball made his debut for England Under-19s in July 2010, playing two Youth Test matches against Sri Lanka Under-19s at the County Ground, Northampton and North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough.[4] It was during this series that he made his only Youth One Day International appearance at Fenner's, Cambridge and his only Youth Twenty20 International appearance at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.[5][6]

County careerEdit

Ball made his debut for Nottinghamshire in a List A match in the 2009 Pro40 against Sussex in what was his only appearance that season. He was notably West Indian Dwayne Smith's hat-trick wicket in this match. He next appeared for Nottinghamshire in the 2010 season in the 2010 Clydesdale Bank 40 against Leicestershire, again his only appearance in that season.[7] In the 2011 season, he made his first-class debut in the season starting Champion County match against the Marylebone Cricket Club at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.[8] He bowled five wicketless overs in the Marylebone Cricket Club's first-innings, while in Nottinghamshire's first-innings he was dismissed for 4 by Hamid Hassan. In the Marylebone Cricket Club's second-innings, he ended with figures of 3/72 from 16 overs. He ended Nottinghamshire's second-innings unbeaten on zero, with Nottinghamshire losing the match by 174 runs.[9]

Though this was his only first-class appearance that season, he did make five further List A appearances for the county.[7] To date, he has taken a total of 6 wickets in these matches, which have come at an average of 42.33, with best figures of 3/32,[10] while with the bat he has scored 41 runs in five innings at a batting average of 20.50, with a high score of 19 not out.[11] He also made a single Twenty20 appearance against Lancashire in the Friends Provident t20 at Old Trafford.[12]

International careerEdit

In May 2016, he received his maiden call to play for England national cricket team against Sri Lanka for the opening match at Headingley.[13] Ball was not selected for the final XI, but did make his Test debut two months later, in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's. Ball took figures of 1-51 in Pakistan’s first innings, but failed to take a wicket in the second innings. Pakistan went on to win the match by 75 runs.

In his debut ODI, Ball took figures of 5-51 to help England win the first match by 21 runs.[14] In doing so he became the first English player to take a five wicket haul on their ODI debut.[15] In the second ODI, he finished with 2-44, but England lost by 34 runs to leave the series tied at 1-1. In the final match of the series, Ball did not take a wicket a finished with 0-44, but England won the match by 4 wickets to win the series 2-1.

Ball played in the fourth Test match against India, with England already 2-0 down in the series. He took 1-47 in India’s first innings, as England lost the match by an innings and 36 runs. He kept his place for the final Test of the series, and took figures of 0-93 as India scored 759/7 and won the match by an innings and 75 runs, losing the series 4-0.

In the first ODI against India Ball took figures of 3-67 as England lost by three wickets. In the second match he took 0-80 as India posted 381/6 and England lost by 15 runs. In the third ODI he took 2-56 as England won by 5 runs.

In June 2018, he was named in England's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the series against India.[16] He made his T20I debut for England on 6 July 2018.[17]


  1. ^ "Player profile: Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Pakistan tour of England and Ireland, 1st Investec Test: England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 14-18, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Youth Test Matches played by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Youth One-Day International Matches played by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Youth Twenty20 International Matches played by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  7. ^ a b "List A Matches played by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  8. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Nottinghamshire, 2011". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  10. ^ "List A Bowling For Each Team by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  11. ^ "List A Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played by Jake Ball". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  13. ^ "England v Sri Lanka: Uncapped James Vince & Jake Ball called up". BBC Sport. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  14. ^ "England tour of Bangladesh, 1st ODI: Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 7, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Ball heroics snatch improbable England win". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  16. ^ "England name squad for IT20s against Australia and India". Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  17. ^ "2nd T20I (D/N), India tour of Ireland and England at Cardiff, Jul 6 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 July 2018.

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