Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England pacer Jake Ball suffers ankle injury

England pacer Jake Ball suffers ankle injury

Bowling his fourth over on the second day against a Cricket Australia XI, Ball collapsed in his delivery stride and limped off the field in Adelaide.

Joe Root's side tried to wrap up victory by opting for an extra half-hour of play under lights, but were thwarted by Matt Short (28 not out) and Gurinder Sandhu (17 not out).

Chris Woakes captured four for 17 off 10 overs to leave the CA XI innings in tatters.

Woakes' spell helped cover the damage from England's stunning batting crash earlier when they slipped from 0-79 to 7-124.

However, the likes of James Vince (33) and Chris Woakes (33) made starts before losing their wickets, while Alastair Cook only managed 15 as England closed on 278 for 8 on the first of four days in Adelaide.

The veteran opener's dismissal triggered England's slide - he was followed to the pavilion by Mark Stoneman, who made 51, his third consecutive half-century on tour.

England were awaiting Jake Ball's scan results after the seamer suffered a sprained ankle on day two.

But the tourists have just one batsman to come - Jimmy Anderson, who has been confirmed as England's vice-captain in the absence of regular deputy Ben Stokes.

Stokes remains at home pending the outcome of a police investigation into his street fight in late September.

Anderson and Broad are expected to lead the England attack for the five-match Test series, with England head coach Trevor Bayliss already coping with the loss of Steven Finn from the tour after the Middlesex bowler tore the cartilage in his left knee ahead of the opening warm-up game.

And spinning allrounder Moeen Ali is yet to feature in the warm-up matches as he struggles with a side strain.

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