England’s Jake Ball in squad as cover for T20 series with Australia and New Zealand

Jake Ball will remain with the England squad as cover ahead of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 series, with fellow seamers Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan managing injuries.

Ball was due to fly home at the conclusion of the one-day campaign but made the trip from Perth to Canberra, where England face a warm-up against a Prime Minister’s XI on Friday.

The Nottinghamshire paceman played just one Ashes Test and one ODI but will be available if needed at the Manuka Oval, although he is yet to be formally added to the squad for the series against Australia and New Zealand.

Plunkett has not been available since tweaking his hamstring mid-over in the third ODI in Sydney, while Jordan was carrying a hamstring niggle when he linked up with the team on Tuesday night.

Opening batsman Alex Hales is also due to miss out in Canberra after hurting his hand when dropping a catch in the outfield in Perth.

England are hopeful, though not certain, all three of their walking wounded will be ready for the series proper but Hales’ absence means the trio of Sam Billings, Dawid Malan and James Vince will play initially.

Billings and Malan were non-playing members of the triumphant ODI squad, while Vince has been on duty in Australia’s Big Bash since his underwhelming performance in the Ashes.

“I’ve watched quite a bit of the one-day series out here on the TV and they’ve gone from strength to strength,” said Vince.

“To beat Australia in Australia, especially after an Ashes defeat, is a great response. There are a few new faces in this squad but we’ll try to take the momentum into this series.”

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