England vs New Zealand: Jamie Overton joins twin brother Craig in hosts’ squad for third Test
Surrey seamstress Jamie Overton was called up for England’s third and final Test against New Zealand on Thursday, joining twin brother Craig in a 14-man squad.
The uncapped Overton, who is the younger brother by three minutes, earned his place in the 14-man group after winning 21 wickets for the County Championship Division One leaders this season.
The 28-year-old, who has been hampered by injuries during his career, was called up to the England one-day squad in 2013 but has not played international cricket.
Overton, who previously played with Craig at Somerset, is the only addition to the 13-man squad named for the first two Tests.
The Overtons faced off in a County Championship game between Somerset and Surrey this week, with Craig suffering a concussion after Jamie hit him with a bouncer.
Neither twin has played international cricket for England before, a record that looks likely to remain intact given Craig was an unused member of the squad in the first two games against the Kiwis.
But if conditions favor fast bowlers, as they often do at Leeds, England could opt to replace spinner Jack Leach with an extra pace option and pit the Overtons in direct competition for a place.
Jamie is comfortably the fastest bowler, with a time of 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour this season.
But Craig Overton proved a more reliable performer in first-class cricket, with 402 wickets to Jamie’s 206, picking up eight Test caps and playing in four One-Day Internationals.
Ben Stokes’ England have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series against New Zealand after winning the second Test at Trent Bridge by five wickets on Tuesday.
England squad for Third Test:
Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wkt), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Joe Root