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12:00 AM, July 14, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:45 PM, July 16, 2016

Ball to make Eng debut

Jake Ball is set to make his England debut against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday after captain Alastair Cook confirmed his place in the side a day before the start of the first Test.

Ball was in the squad for all three Tests without playing during England's preceding 2-0 series win (with one draw).

But Ball has now been included after James Anderson, England's all-time leading wicket-taker, was ruled out of the first of this four-Test series with a shoulder injury.

"Jake will make his debut," Cook told reporters at Lord's on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately Jimmy has missed out but it's a great opportunity for Jake," the opening batsman added.

The 25-year-old Ball has edged out fellow uncapped seamer Toby Roland-Jones, who was hoping to make his Test debut on his Middlesex home ground.

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