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Adam Ball

Kent all-rounder Adam Ball will take up a place in England Under-19s' World Cup squad after Calum Haggett's withdrawal

The ECB has announced that Adam Ball has been added to the England Under-19 squad for next month's ICC World Cup in New Zealand from January 15-30.

Ball, a 16-year-old all-rounder from Kent, is a member of the ECB fast bowling elite group and has replaced Somerset’s Calum Haggett, who has been withdrawn from the squad on medical advice.

ECB lead fast bowling coach Kevin Shine said: "It’s great to see a player of Adam's ability picked for such an important tournament.

“Adam is one of the most mature young players I have met; he is not only a talented left arm bowler but also a very useful batsman and athletic fielder.”

Kent Academy director, Phil Relf, added: “Adam’s inclusion is a tremendous achievement for such a young player.

"It will provide him with a fabulous chance to develop his game in a highly competitive environment."

The squad will leave on January 1 for Wellington in New Zealand where they will spend a week acclimatising before reporting to Christchurch for the start of the World Cup.

England will play two warm-up matches against Papua New Guinea on January 11 and New Zealand on January 12.

England’s first match in the group stages will be against Hong Kong on January 16 followed by Afghanistan and current U19 World Cup holders India.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the Super League quarter-finals.