Ball came into the Wales' starting line-up against France last time out at the 11th hour after Alun Wyn Jones was ruled out with a toe infection but he performed admirably as Wales kept their hopes of a third straight RBS 6 Nations title alive.
This time he will line up alongside Jones but Ball admits he will be much more prepared for the must-win clash with England, having been put on red alert earlier in the week.
"I'm happy to come into the role. I was glad I was given the opportunity against France and I don't look at it any differently this week, I've got to go out there and do what I do best," said the Ascot-born lock.
"It helps when the team goes well. I just get stuck in and play my natural game which is to hit my break downs and do my basics well.
"Luke took the knock early in the week so I've been training in the starting position anyway. Even when you're on the bench, you have to prepare as if you're starting so the mind-set is the same.
"It was a last minute call-up against France which I think is a good thing. It didn't give me a chance to think about it and I just had to get out there and play. It all flashed by really quickly."