Ball on a roll after winter tours
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Kent all-rounder Adam Ball might still be a teenager but he is already something of an experienced traveller having been away twice with England Under-19s.
The 18-year-old, who bowls left-arm but bats right-handed, was part of the England U19 squad that took part in the World Cup 18 months ago in New Zealand.
In January he spent a month in Sri Lanka where the U19s drew a two match Test series before losing the one-dayers.
The results aside, Ball believes that being away on tour has helped him develop as a cricketer.
"Just being away from home is an experience in itself," said Ball, who made his First Class debut for Kent in April.
"Cricket is a sport where you’re away a lot, so I’ve learnt to cope with that. Then there’s the experience of different conditions: the heat, turning wickets.
"It’s about learning and taking those experiences into your game. We were away about a month, which is quite a long stretch.
"This was my second trip away with England – I went to New Zealand last year – so in terms of the team, I was quite an experienced tourist. That helped a bit, though the two countries are very different.
“I thought I had quite a successful trip. Though I had decent expectations of what was going to happen out there, I hadn’t experienced those different conditions and culture before.
"I learned a lot about bowling on flat wickets and just the importance of hitting your length – that was a key thing to take out of the winter.
"Plus, in terms of field settings; knowing when to change a field, to have my plans, back myself to use them and assess the conditions as early as possible. It’s about using that experience, so if you come across it again you can try and accommodate it, or assess whether to do it differently.”