England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday announced the team for the first Test at Gabba which starts from Thursday.
26-year old Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball, who overtook Craig Overton to book a spot. Ball, who will be employed as the fourth seam-bowler for the visitors, will play his fourth Test.
Speaking on Ball’s selection, Root said, “It wasn’t an easy decision. Craig has come into the squad and everything asked of him he’s done really well.” The 26-year old further showed faith that the pacer will go on to challenge Australia’s strong batting line-up. “Jake has bowled well when he’s had his opportunity on the tour and the way he goes about things on these surfaces could be really challenging for the Australians,” he said.
England First Test Team: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.