Jake Ball keen to prove England credentials after disappointing Ashes tour

Jake Ball admits to feeling frustrated at his limited opportunities to impress for England over the winter but hopes to regain his place in the side.

The Nottinghamshire paceman had been identified as a bowler suited to Australian conditions ahead of the Ashes.

But after he returned disappointing match figures of 1-115 at the first Test in Brisbane, Ball was discarded and did not feature again during the rest of the series, before being omitted from the Test and one-day international squads for the subsequent tour of New Zealand.

The 27-year-old had been struggling with an ankle problem prior to the Ashes which hampered him and although he admits his current return of three wickets from four Test appearances is poor, he is keen to earn the chance to win his place back in Joe Root’s side.

“I don’t think one game is any time to nail down a spot, I think you need to be given a few games,” said Ball.

“I’ve played four Tests: one one-off game in England, two at the back end of an India series and one at the start of the Ashes series.

“I haven’t had a run of games where I’ve shown what I can do and proved to people what I can do.

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“In that sense it’s been frustrating and I’d quite like a run in the side but you’re not always going to get that. Sometimes you have to take that one opportunity.

“For me so far it hasn’t worked out but hopefully I’m given a chance at some point this summer or maybe even the winter.”

The balance of England’s attack, which was made up of four right-arm fast-medium pacers and a spinner, was criticised following their 4-0 series defeat in Australia.

Ball was given the unfamiliar role of enforcer at the Gabba, where he claimed the crucial wicket of David Warner early on but struggled thereafter.

“I know I can bowl 85mph plus,” he added. “I’ve got the height, I can get good bounce, get a bit of seam movement and I’ve proved that with Notts. I’d say England haven’t quite seen that from me yet.

“Out in Australia, I was asked to bowl a lot of short stuff, stuff I’m not used to, but you have to be prepared to do those jobs.

“When you go into a side that’s got Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, you’re not going to be the one that takes the new ball and bowls when it’s nice to bowl.

“You’re going to bowl the overs which are harder and the overs you’re not comfortable with.”