Moores backs Ball for Ashes success

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Former England and current Nottinghamshire coach Peter Moores feels that fast bowler Jake Ball will produce results in the Ashes having recovered from a niggle.

Ball missed out on the start of the English home season when injury and then the form of Toby Roland-Jones kept him out of the mix but Moores feels the quick has the qualities to be an Ashes hero.

Moores told BBC Radio Nottingham: “He’s a fine cricketer. He’ll be fine.

“As it gets closer to his time to come on to bowl the nerves will kick in a bit, which is quite normal.

“But I am sure once he gets that first ball and first over out of the way he will get stuck in and get on with what he does.”

There is some concern that Ball made be undercooked having bowled just 15.4 overs since arriving in Australia.

Ball went down with an injury early in the first of two clashes with a Cricket Australia XI and saw his place assumed by Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton.

However the uncapped Overton failed to do enough to unseat Ball whose four Tests to date give him the edge in terms of experience.

Moores added: “Jake has bowled beautifully all year and has gone out and impressed and got himself in that first Test team.

“It gives him a great chance of staying in there if he bowls well – and hopefully be part of an England Ashes-winning side.”

England reached 196/4 by stumps on day one with only 80.3 overs bowled on a day hit by a rain delay after lunch.