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Adam Ball gives his thoughts on signing a new three-year contract

Friday 19th February 2010

Adam Ball (pictured)is the latest Kent cricketer to commit his future to the club after signing a new three-year professional deal and, in the wake of a whirlwind period for the youngster, the Beths Grammar School student talks to the website about his ambitions and honour at signing his new deal.

After impressing for England at the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, Kent Academy student Ball was rewarded with a pro deal at the St Lawrence Ground. The 16 year-old all-rounder is clearly pleased with the opportunity to further his career with the Spitfires:

“This is a massive honour for me. I“m delighted to get offered the contract as it shows what they think of me. I“ve now got a great opportunity and hopefully I can make a statement and keep on improving as a player. I“m pleased to be on board for at least the next three years. It allows me to get through my school years and then hopefully progress and really push on.”

Ball, who compares his style of play to Mitchell Johnson, caught the eye during his stint in New Zealand with his left-arm seam bowling and aggressive style of batting, after being called-up as a late replacement for Somerset“s Calum Haggett. Now he is looking to settle down and concentrate on improving his game:

“Everything has come thick and fast. In a way my life has changed in the shape of just a couple of months. Just before Christmas I got told that I was going with the England Under-19 side for the World Cup. Then, yesterday, this happened. I“m keen to make a real impact so I“ve chatted to lots of experienced heads and sought their advice.”

The Greenwich-born Ball was named Kent League Young Player of the Year in 2009 and, in the early stages of his fledgling life, was touted as a great prospect on the football pitch having played for Arsenal“s Academy side from under-nine level up to the under-12“s. Despite being multi-talented, Ball always had his heart set on gracing the St Lawrence turf and he is keen to acknowledge all the people around him that have helped his career:

“Everyone at the club has been brilliant to me. Paul Farbrace has worked hard with me, and helped improve my game, as have Phil Relf and Simon Willis. Throughout my cricketing career, I“ve had some good people around me. Mum and Dad, Gill and Andy, helped me a lot when I started. They transported me around and gave me good support. I“ve also been well backed up; both at school and at my club side. Beths Grammar School have given me time off when I needed it and Bexley Cricket Club have used me wisely. Working closely with Kent, Beths and Bexley has helped me improve and I“ve been offered some tremendous support throughout.”

Despite Ball idolising the ‘ultimate all-rounder“, Andrew Flintoff, he keeps a close eye on the current England senior side and bases his game on another floppy-haired blonde, currently making a big-name for himself on the international scene in a bid to improve his game. He is also aware that the hard graft starts here:

“I view myself as a genuine all-rounder and truly believe that I can impress on both fronts. I“m a left-arm seam bowler and I also enjoy my batting too. So when I look at the current England side, if I had to pick someone out, I would say I“ve tried to model myself on Stuart Broad. I rate him highly as a player and watched him closely last year as England beat Australia in the Ashes. I realise that I have to keep working very hard because I want to be successful and to hopefully become a solid all-rounder.”

All at Kent County Cricket club would like to congratulate Adam on his new-deal and wish him well during his stay with Kent.