Overton handed England call-up

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Jamie Overton has joined twin brother Craig in the England squad for the remainder of the Royal London one-day series against New Zealand.

The 21-year-old Somerset pair are now both in contention to make their international debuts as England look to overturn a 2-1 deficit at Trent Bridge on Wednesday and Emirates Durham on Saturday.

All-rounder Craig was called up on Saturday as a replacement for Chris Jordan, with Jamie added on Monday as a result of Liam Plunkett’s thigh injury.

Jamie, the younger twin by three minutes, was first called up to the England squad as a callow 19-year-old during the 2013 one-day series against Australia.

He did not feature but his early call-up showed that the selectors were interested in harnessing his height and pace.

His progress stalled somewhat due to injuries and inconsistent form and he did not add to his 14 List A appearances last season.

Jamie’s record in the one-day format remains strong, with 20 wickets at 27, compared to Craig’s average of 54.20 for his 10 wickets.

An ECB statement read: “Somerset pace bowler Jamie Overton has been called up to the England ODI squad for the remaining two matches in the five match Royal London ODI series against New Zealand. Overton replaces Liam Plunkett who has been ruled out with a thigh strain.

“Overton joins his twin Craig Overton in the squad. The 21-year-old brothers are both uncapped at England level.”

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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