Jake Ball named replacement for injured Chris Woakes in the England ODI Squad

Jake Ball has been named as a replacement for injured Chris Woakes and included in England’s one-day squad for the upcoming five-match series against Australia. Woakes suffered from a thigh injury during the second game played against Pakistan at Headingley, Leeds. He is set to miss the one-day series against Australia and will undergo rehabilitation process to get fit in time for series against India.

Jake Ball has not been a  regular member of the side after playing his last one-day game for England against Australia at Perth in January. The 27-year old has played 18 games for England and picked up 21 wickets at an average of 46.66. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement saying that Nottinghamshire pace bowler Jake Ball has been as a replacement for injured Chris Woakes for the upcoming five-match series against Australia.

Chris Woakes will not be available for almost six months and is set to miss the three-match T20 against India that will begin from 3rd July. Ben Stokes also is sidelined due to a hamstring injury and is currently undergoing rehabilitation process to regain full fitness ahead of the big series against India this summer.

David Willey, Liam Plunkett, and Mark Wood will be front-line pace options for the side for the upcoming series against Australia. Mark Wood has certainly been impressive in white-ball cricket with his pace and accuracy. Liam Plunkett has consistently picked up wickets for England in the middle overs of the innings. England’s bench strength will certainly be tested this summer given a full-fledged series against India at home.

Hosts England will play three T20s followed by three ODIs in the month of July. The conclusion of limited-overs series will see England and India battle it out for Pataudi Trophy i.e. (Five-match Test series that will begin from 1st August)

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