England call up Jake Ball to replace injured Chris Woakes for ODI series against Australia

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Jake Ball returns to the England fold for the ODI series against Australia.

Jake Ball has been given an England recall after the pacer was called up as cover for the injured Chris Woakes ahead of the ODI series against Australia.

Woakes suffered a thigh-strain in the second Test against Pakistan and will be out of contention for the one-off ODI against Scotland and the initial part of the subsequent series against Australia.

Pacer Tom Curran has also been called up a replacement for Woakes in the squad for the Scotland ODI on June 10.

Ball, 27, was part of the England Ashes and limited-overs squad in the tour of Australia last year. The Nottinghamshire seamer has played four Tests and 17 ODIs for England so far in his career. Ball has picked up 21 wickets in the 17 ODIs he has played at an average of over 45.

Woakes’ absence means England have lost two of their all-rounders to injury in the past week with Ben Stokes being forced to sit out of the second Pakistan Test due to a hamstring injury.

England have now lost both Stokes and Woakes to injury.

England have now lost both Stokes and Woakes to injury.

“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,” an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement read.

“Woakes, who will be unavailable for the first part of the series with a right quad strain, joins Ben Stokes (left hamstring tear) on the injured list. Both players have commenced their injury rehab programmes and will be hoping to respond to treatment with the aim of featuring in the latter stages of the series,” the statement went on to add.

England and Australia are slated to play five ODIs with the first of them taking place at the Oval on June 13. The ODI series will be followed by a one-off T20I at Edgbaston on June 27.

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Chance for Australia and Justin Langer to change the narrative as ODI series against England beckons

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An ODI series against England is Langer's first assignment.

Australia will be keen to strike the right tone from the outset when they go public at Lord’s at the start of their one-day international tour.

When new captain and coach Tim Paine and Justin Langer address the media on Wednesday, they will be speaking for the first time in the UK since the ball-tampering fiasco which brought about their appointments.

Previous incumbents Steve Smith and Darren Lehmann will be thousands of miles away when Paine and Langer undertake a series of high-profile interviews.

Smith, like his former deputy David Warner and Test opener Cameron Bancroft, is serving a cricket Australia ban after admitting his part in a plot to alter the condition of the ball in the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March.

Bancroft was deployed with sandpaper to do so, and was caught red-handed by television cameras covering the match, while Warner and Smith were complicit.

Captain and vice-captain were stripped of their positions, and punished with 12-month bans – while Bancroft’s suspension will last for nine months.

Lehmann resigned as coach in the aftermath of a sorry saga which rocked world cricket. It left Australia wringing hands in regret and vowing to address underlying cultural problems in the national team.

It is a story which will not go away quickly, and is sure to dominate a three-week mid-summer tour which starts with a day-night warm-up match against Sussex at Hove on Thursday.

Tim Paine has been tasked with leading the Australia ODI squad.

Tim Paine has been tasked with leading the Australia ODI squad.

Echoes of the controversy have been a near daily occurrence over the past two months – and even as Australia were making their way over to England, via a visit to the First World War battlefields of western France and Belgium, Smith was speaking again about the personal impact of his own behaviour.

During a school visit in Sydney on Monday, he recalled his experiences after having to fly home from Australia’s tour of South Africa in disgrace.

“To be honest, I probably spent four days in tears,” he said.

“I was really struggling mentally and I was really lucky that I had some close friends and family members that I could speak to at all hours of the day.”

Paine and former Test batsman Langer have both spoken several times already about a new era for their team, and acknowledgement that they will be ‘copping’ inevitable flak from English crowds this summer.

Similar pronouncements of intent and expectations will doubtless be on the agenda on Wednesday lunchtime too.

But in the hallowed surroundings of Lord’s, they will be that much more resonant as Australia begin a short tour which may prove to be as much about PR management as success or otherwise on the pitch.

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Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur looking to dish out a 'couple of hidings' after huge Headingley defeat to England

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Arthur is ready to lay down the law for his young Pakistan side.

That Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian is no secret. Over the years, the likes of Australia’s Shane Watson and even Umar Akmal have learnt that fact the hard way.

Judging by Arthur’s latest comments following Pakistan’s defeat to England in the Headingley Test, a few more players could come under the firing line of the South African.

Pakistan, who had beaten the hosts convincingly in the first Test at Lord’s, slumped to a defeat by an innings and 55 runs in the second Test. That turnaround hasn’t gone down too well with the head coach.

“We need to dish out a couple of hidings but it’s how they grow. The talent we have in that dressing room is phenomenal so we’ve just got to get more consistency and that’s what we’re striving for,” Arthur told Sky Sports after the huge defeat.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed led a relatively inexperienced Pakistan on the tour, with as many as seven players who took the field at Lord’s playing Test cricket in England for the first time in their careers. As such, the Pakistan coach believes that the team will learn from its inconsistencies.

Arthur wants the young Pakistan side to weed out the inconsistencies.

Arthur wants the young Pakistan side to weed out the inconsistencies.

“We’ll have a hard discussion about it, but as long as that dressing room has learnt from it. We’re a young team and hopefully we can grow and grow quicker. Inconsistency is one of the things that comes with a young team, however hard that is for all of us to take at the moment,” he said.

The performance of the bowlers on the tour was more than satisfactory, but the fact that not a single Pakistan batsman notched up a century has stood out sorely for Arthur.

“The key thing that we’re going to discuss is that a number of our batsmen in this series got starts, but we didn’t get a hundred. And for us to grow as a team we need someone in the top six getting hundreds consistently,” Arthur explained.

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