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Irish are firmly in Ball's sights as he aims to make a major impact

 

By Richard Edwards

Jake Ball admitted he almost threw up a chocolate tart over chief selector James Whitaker when he received his first England call-up last summer - now the Nottinghamshire seamer is hoping to serve up some serious food for thought for opposition batsmen this summer.

Picked for England's one-day series against Ireland, which starts at Bristol on Friday, and June's Champions Trophy campaign, Ball find himself at the start of a 2017 season brimming with opportunity.

After taking 5-51 on his ODI debut against Bangladesh back in October, he has already given ample notice of his priceless knack of taking crucial wickets.

"That was amazing, especially on debut," he said. "The team weren't in a great position. To come on and change a game in my first match gave me a massive amount of confidence.

"Bowling in one-day cricket can be a fairly thankless task but bowling at the death is something I've always enjoyed. It's not often that a bowler has the chance to put his mark on a one-day game. I think it's an area where you can make an impact."

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