Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

England bowler Jake Ball out of Ashes warm-up with ankle injury

England bowler Jake Ball out of Ashes warm-up with ankle injury

The tourists will add Sussex seamer George Garton to their squad after scans revealed Ball suffered ligament strain in an ankle while bowling in the tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide on Thursday.

Garton had been due to arrive with the Lions party, who are also touring Australia, on Tuesday but he will now travel on an earlier flight.

Overton cleaned up captain Tim Paine and the Cricket Australia XI were an embarrassing seven down for only 25 when James Anderson had Milenko caught behind, but Matthew Short (28 not out) and Sandhu (17) ensured there would be a fourth day after England took the extra half-hour.

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Ball was forced to withdraw from the day-night warm-up match and had a scan in Adelaide on Friday afternoon to determine the damage to his right ankle.

"National selectors have called up England Lions and Sussex left-arm seamer George Garton as cover in Townsville for the final warm-up match before the first Test, which gets under way at the Gabba, Brisbane, on Thursday, November 23".

Garton, who made his Sussex debut a year ago, has since made a fine impression but has only nine first-class appearances to his name.

Anderson, who is England's leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, was handed the leadership role ahead of Root's predecessor Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad, who has captained England in Twenty20 Internationals in the past.

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