Nottinghamshire trio Jake Ball, Alex Hales and Stuart Broad have been handed central contracts by the ECB for 2017-18.

Mansfield-born seamer Ball secures a white-ball contract for the first time, having previously received an incremental deal.

Hales joins him in the list of T20/ODI contract recipients, with 110 from 107 balls against the West Indies in Barbados in March among his most eye-catching international performances in the last 12 months.

Broad, meanwhile, retains his Test match central contract after playing a key part in England’s Investec Test series victories over South Africa and the West Indies this summer.

All three players also played in Notts’ success this summer in between their international commitments, helping the Club win the Royal London One-Day Cup, NatWest T20 Blast and win promotion to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

The England Test team for the five-match Ashes Test series, leaves on Saturday 28 October, while the England’s One-Day International series against Australia starts on 14 January and will be followed by a triangular T20 tournament with Australia and New Zealand from 3 February.

“I would like to congratulate all of those who have received England contracts for 2017-18, ahead of a busy year of international cricket,” said Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss.


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