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Jake Ball sustains ankle injury during tour game against Cricket Australia XI

Jake Ball bowled just 22 deliveries on day two
Jake Ball bowled just 22 deliveries on day two
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England's ongoing Ashes campaign in Australia have suffered another blow as Nottinghamshire pace bowler Jake Ball sustained an ankle injury during the second day of the tour game against Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide.

The 26-year-old, who has played three Tests for England previously started the spell with a lot of promise after claiming the wicket of Ryan Gibson but collapsed in his delivery stride after he twisted his right ankle. He left the field limping and managed to bowl just 22 deliveries in the innings.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the news on Ball earlier in the day in their official handle in Twitter.

“Jake Ball has a sprained right ankle,” read the tweet from the ECB..

“He won’t play any further part today and will be assessed today and overnight.”

England have already lost the services of Steven Finn to injury and the Middlesex seamer was replaced in the squad by Tom Curran while there is still some concern about the fitness of all-rounder Moeen Ali.

The visitors managed a lead of 65 runs with all 10 wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the tour game after restricting Cricket Australia XI to 233 for nine in their first innings.

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