Ball to make England debut at Lord's


Paceman Jake Ball will make his England debut in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's.

The Nottinghamshire quick was called up for the first time for the recent series victory over Sri Lanka, but the 25-year-old could not force his way into the side.

England captain Alastair Cook confirmed on the eve of the opening Test of four against Pakistan, which starts on Thursday, that Ball will get his chance at the expense of Toby Roland-Jones.

Ball is set to open the bowling along with county colleague Stuart Broad in the absence of James Anderson, who has bowled in the nets this week but will not be risked as he recovers from a shoulder injury.

Cook said: "Jake will make his debut. Unfortunately Jimmy has missed out but it's a great opportunity for Jake.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes, he's had a great year with Notts and looks a fine bowler.

"He's got wicket-taking balls in him, the ability to get good players out on flat wickets, and he puts the ball in good areas with good pace."

Joe Root is set to move up a place to number three, with Gary Ballance recalled at five.