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England recall Ball for Australia ODI series

08 June 2018

And, like Ben Stokes (hamstring), Woakes will be absent for the early part of the Australia series, which gets under way on June 13.

Jake Ball has been called into the England squad for the upcoming Royal London one-day worldwide series against Australia.

Woakes joined Ben Stokes on the injury sidelines after suffering a thigh strain in England's victory over Pakistan in the second NatWest Test at Headingley.

It read: "Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball has been drafted into England's ODI squad for the Royal London series against Australia as cover for all-rounder Chris Woakes".

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Ball, 27, last played for England at the start of the year in Perth and was a member of the squad that defeated Australia 4-1 in the series Down Under.

Jake Ball, the Nottinghamshire seamer who featured in the Ashes, has been called up to the squad as cover.

Curran, whose younger brother Sam made his worldwide debut in that game, played in all five ODIs as England defeated New Zealand 3-2 back in March. To make things worse, he will also not feature in the first few matches of the Australia-series.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler says his stint in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) helped his return to the Test arena by forcing him to concentrate on making runs rather than losing his wicket.

England recall Ball for Australia ODI series