England call up Jake Ball for the Royal London series

Jake Ball
Jake Ball

England have called up Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball as cover for the injured Chris Woakes in their Royal London Series squad to face Australia this month.

Woakes joined Ben Stokes on the sidelines through injury when he suffered a thigh strain in England's victory over Pakistan in the second NatWest Test.

Both will be unavailable to take on Scotland in this weekend's one-off one-day international and the "first part" of the five-match series against Australia.

Ball is back after playing the last of his 17 ODIs to date at Perth in January in the 4-1 series victory over Australia. He has taken 21 wickets, with a best of five for 51, but averages 45.28.

The England and Wales Cricket Board released a brief statement on Tuesday morning.

It read: "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.

"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."

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