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No Ball as Jake limps out after knee strain

JAKE BALL was able to bowl only 2.1 overs before limping out of England’s second warm-up fixture against a WICB President’s XI in St Kitts last night.

Nottinghamshire’s Ball left the field after feeling pain in the back of his right knee and a spokesman later confirmed the seamer would play no further part in the match.

Ball is set to have scans on his injury after trying without success to run it off on the sidelines.

England made swift progress without him as Liam Plunkett (three for 23), who completed Ball’s unfinished over, took three of the four wickets which fell for just five runs. The hosts eventually recovered to post 233 all out.

England were also without opener Jason Roy, due to a bruised right palm and giving Jonny Bairstow a chance at the top of the order.

The Yorkshireman top-scored with 86 as England chased down 234 with seven balls to spare.

Meanwhile, opener Alex Hales will join the squad today after a scan confirmed he has sufficiently recovered from a broken hand suffered in India last month.

The 28-year-old will continue his rehabilitation but is unlikely to be fit to play in Friday’s first one-day international with the West Indies in Antigua.