James Vince and Jake Ball named in England squad to face Sri Lanka

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Uncapped James Vince and Jake Ball were both named in England's 12-man squad for the first Investec Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley.

Hampshire batsman Vince appears set for a debut next week, in a line-up also including Nick Compton - who has kept his spot as England's likely number three - while Ball will have to vie for the third seamer's role.

Ball, 25, has stated his case with 19 wickets already for Nottinghamshire this summer in the Specsavers County Championship - having spent the winter with England Lions in the UAE and at a fast-bowling camp in South Africa.

Lions captain Vince, also 25, has five limited-overs caps and was part of the England squad which reached the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in India last month.

He too has begun the domestic summer well, including hitting a century against Yorkshire at Headingley.

National selector James Whitaker, said: "Both Jake Ball and James Vince thoroughly deserve their opportunity, having performed well with the England Lions and starting the season in good form with their respective counties.

"James has been a consistent performer for Hampshire and England Lions over the past few years. He is already well-regarded by the England coaches in the short format and now has the opportunity to showcase his skills at Test level.

"Building on his success with the Lions in the winter, Jake has impressed with the ball and has shown excellent control and skill in the opening matches of the county championship.

"If selected, we are confident he will perform very well at international level."

The first Test starts next Thursday, against opponents who pulled off a last-ditch victory over England at the same venue two years ago to take that series 1-0.

Alex Hales remains as captain Alastair Cook's opening partner, while Steven Finn is fit again and likely to join the attack in Leeds ahead of Ball.

Whitaker added: "Sri Lanka are a young side, and we expect a strong series between the two teams to start the summer of international cricket."

England have also named a 30-man performance squad for this summer.

It includes their 22 players who are either centrally-contracted or have incremental contracts based on international appearances over the past year.

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