Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England recall Ball for Australia ODI series

England recall Ball for Australia ODI series

Chris Woakes will miss the start of England's ODI series against Australia, with Jake Ball called into the squad as cover. Woakes suffered a right quad strain which left him with sore quadriceps. Ben Stokes became the first casualty when he was ruled out of the Scotland ODI owing to a hamstring injury.

Stokes sustained the injury while fielding during a practice session ahead if the ongoing second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.

European Central Bank is hopeful that both of them would be available for the later stage of series against the Kangaroos.

The two players have already commenced their injury rehabilitation 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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On Monday, Woakes was ruled out of Sunday's Scotland game, live on Sky Sports Cricket, and replaced in the squad by Tom Curran of Surrey.

Ball, 27, made the last of his four Test appearances at the start of the year in Perth and featured heavily in the subsequent ODI series that England won 4-1.

England's managementare also hopeful that the Durham all-rounder will be available for some of the Australian series but the loss of Woakes and Stokes will not easily be compensated for. Consequently, the lanky fast bowler will like to make the most of his opportunity if he is given a go in the playing XI.

Woakes took a wicket in every opening spell with the new ball in New Zealand last winter, when England won 3-2, while his yorkers have improved in his two years at the IPL, whether he directs them at the stumps or wide of offstump.

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