Broad: Ball has got every attribute to be a success


After receiving his first call up to the England Test squad, seamer Jake Ball has got a vote of confidence from teammate Stuart Broad who says the 25-year-old has got every attribute to be a success at the highest level.

A right-arm medium-pacer, Ball was selected in England's 12-man squad for the first of three Tests against Sri Lanka, starting at Headingley on 19 May.

A teammate of Ball at Nottinghamshire, Broad. who along with James Anderson will lead the England attack against Sri Lanka, thinks Ball is one most improved bowlers in the country.

Broad told ESPNCricinfo: "Having seen him grow over the last three or four years, he's one of the quickest-improving bowlers I've seen in a while.

"He's tall, he's got pace, he gets bounce from a fuller length, he's got the skill to go around the wicket and over the wicket to the left-handers, and to move it in and out of the right-handers.

"He's got every attribute to be a successful Test match bowler. It's a good move to get him involved in the squad, and he'll be very excited about joining up, I'm sure."

Ball enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014-15 taking 39 wickets for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship which earned him a call up to the England Lions during the winter.

He put in the necessary gym work and got his body in the right condition and has started the current domestic season really well in the first four games which prompted the England call.

Broad continued: "He got a lot fitter and stronger, which really helps with his extra bounce as he really bounds in with a bit more energy in his run-up.

"I think he enjoyed his experience with the Lions in the winter, reports came back of him really impressing with his skills, as he's got a lot of white-ball skills as well, and that's a good place to be."