Jake Ball insists Notts Outlaws’ emphatic Royal London One-Day Cup victory over neighbours Derbyshire Falcons, together with figures of 4-29, were the perfect way for him to sign off for England duty.
The seam bowler helped clinch a place in the knockout play-offs as the visitors were skittled for 110 in just 35 overs before the victory target was reached in 11.5 overs, with Riki Wessels smashing 63 off 34 balls and Tom Moores 41 not out off 28.
Mansfield-born Ball now leaves Notts to join up with the England camp for their five-match Royal London One-Day International Series against Australia, which comes to Trent Bridge on Tuesday 19 June, but he is delighted to be departing on a high.
“That’s definitely the type of performance we were looking for, and the one I was looking for as well,” said Ball.
“After getting news of the (England) recall, I felt it was important to give myself a bit of momentum going into the series and I managed to do that. I’m really looking forward, hopefully, to pulling on that England shirt again now.
“The lads, as a whole, were fantastic. Matt Carter has come in and been a revelation and bowled better than any spin bowler out there that I’ve seen this season.
“We were looking for a complete performance and I think that was about as close as you can get.”
“He’s been brilliant, so that’s been a huge bonus to go with Mull, Fletch and Samit, who have played so much white ball cricket that they really know what they’re doing. That experience showed today.
“When your chasing small scores like that, you want someone to put a dint in it early and I think Riki is the ideal man to do that.
“As soon as that over where he scored 28 off it (four sixes and one four) was done, it put the game to bed.”
Ball said Notts, defending champions in this competition, are confident of acquitting themselves well in the knockout stages, wherever they play their matches.
He added: “That’s the perfect game to go into the play-offs with. We were looking for a complete performance and I think that was about as close as you can get.”
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