Date of birth – 14 March 1991 Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 27 March 2011 v MCC (Abu Dhabi)
Jake Ball has accumulated a vast amount of experience in a decade at the top level of the game.
A product of the Welbeck Colliery Cricket Club, Ball followed his uncle, Bruce French, into the international arena, so it was apt that the ECB gave the former England wicketkeeper the honour of presenting his nephew with his cherished cap, when he made his Test debut in 2016.
Ball made his first-class debut in 2011 and had to be content with fleeting first team appearances until bursting his way into an automatic selection four years later.
Since then he has pushed his haul of red ball wickets past the 200 mark, as well as taking the first home hat-trick by a Nottinghamshire player since the turn of the century.
That performance came in 2016 as he ripped through the Middlesex order, leaving the champions-elect on 0-3 in the first over.
Ball’s performances that year propelled him into the thoughts of the England selectors and he made his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord’s and earned a spot on that winter’s tours of Bangladesh and India.
He took 5-51 and won the man-of-the-match award on his ODI debut against Bangladesh and has featured regularly for his country ever since.
Unfortunate injuries ruled him out of both of the Outlaws’ one-day finals at Lord’s in both 2013 and 2017 but he more than played his part in the T20 Blast success two years ago.
And a rejuvenated Ball was a key component of the Outlaws' Vitality Blast win of 2020, operating effectively across the powerplay, middle and death overs to finish as the tournament's leading wicket-taker.
In 2021, Ball was hampered by an injury sustained on the opening day of the season, but return to play a vital hand in Notts' Vitality Blast run, finishing with 18 wickets, a tally bettered only by Calvin Harrison.