Mason Crane picked a three wicket haul while James Anderson and Chris Woakes shared two wickets apiece as England managed to restrict Cricket Australia XI to 233 for nine following which they stretched their lead to 65 runs at stumps on day two of the tour game in Adelaide.
However, England suffered a setback when Ball left the field with an injury after bowling just 22 deliveries.
The 41-year-old Paul Collingwood, a member of the England coaching staff, came on as a replacement fielder in the absence of Ball.
The Durham player's appearance prompted an avalanche of activity on Twitter and some even called for the veteran to be officially included in the Three Lions side.
And as these images show, Ball may count himself lucky if he hasn't done any damage.
The five-Test Ashes series gets underway on November 23 at the Gabba.
The Nottinghamshire fast bowler, who has made an impressive start to this tour, saw his right ankle buckle as he attempted to bowl the fifth ball of his fourth over on the second day of this tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide and was clearly in pain on the ground.
With their fast-bowling options fast dwindling, the visitors will be hoping that Ball's injury is not threatening with the first Ashes Test looming large on the horizon.
Moeen Ali is carry an injury while Steve Finn's Ashes tour is over.
The England team is already without star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who remains at home awaiting the outcome of a police investigation into his involvement in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25.