Ball almost threw up after England selection


Jake Ball admitted he almost lost his lunch when he was informed of his England call-up for his country's upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

The right-arm medium bowler recalled the moment when England chairman of selectors James Whitaker told him he was in the side to face Sri Lanka in the opening Test at Headingley, starting Thursday.

"I had just had a chocolate tart from the Lord's lunch which I nearly chucked up over James Whitaker," the 24-year-old told reporters.

"Words can't describe the emotions I was going through. When I went back up to the dressing room all the lads knew what had been going on and everything went quiet when I walked in and they were all delighted for me.

"It was a special moment."

In first-class cricket, Ball has an economy rate of 3.48, with four four-wicket showings and two five-wicket hauls in 27 matches.

His call up is thanks, in part, to injuries to Mark Wood and Mark Footitt, but with 19 wickets already this season his form was already alerting the selectors' attention.

Now Ball is determined to take his chance.

"If you speak to most players they say it comes round quicker than you expect," Ball said.

"Things snowball and get out of hand and that is what happened this year. If you told me at start of the year I would be in the team for the first Test I would have laughed but said 'yeah, okay then.'

"I am just trying to soak it all in and enjoy every minute."