Craig Overton wins England one-day call-up

Craig Overton followed up his 4-38 last time he played at Chester-le-Street with 4-40. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.
Craig Overton has proved highly effective with the ball this season and well deserves his England call-up. Photograph by Alexander Davidson.

Craig Overton has been rewarded for an excellent start to the season with a call-up to the England one-day side for the series against New Zealand as cover for the injured Chris Jordan.

The call-up is fitting recognition of the hard work Craig has put in since coming back for surgery following the reoccurrence of an ankle injury during the Lions tour of South Africa in the winter.

Since then, the Somerset all-rounder has scored 201 runs in nine first-class innings and taken 24 wickets at just 18.75 apiece.

Craig announced he was back with a vengeance in the game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in mid-May, playing a pivotal part in Somerset’s first Championship victory of the season with both bat and ball.

Craig Overton took six wickets and hit a magnificent 55 off just 31 balls
Craig Overton smashed 55 off just 31 in Somerset’s sole Championship victory this summer against Nottinghamshire.

His belligerent 55 off just 31 balls under overcast skies on a green surface helped Somerset post 312, which proved decisive in the conditions.

Craig has also proved an extremely effective force with the ball. Combining pace with accuracy, he has troubled most batsmen this year and helped set up Somerset’s victory at Trent Bridge with a decisive three-wicket burst late on the second day.

The 21-year-old’s best match haul so far this year came in Somerset’s defeat against Durham at Chester-le-Street, in which he took seven wickets under the watchful eye of England selector James Whittaker.

Craig’s England call-up will mean that he misses Nottinghamshire’s return match this week against Somerset at Taunton.

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “This is great news for Craig and Somerset cricket and thoroughly deserved and we wish him every success.”

Matt added: “Of course it’s disappointing that Craig will miss our match against Notts but it is testament to the quality of young players that we are producing at Somerset.”

England are due to play their third one-day international against New Zealand at Southampton today (Sunday). The fourth and fifth matches in the series take place on 17 and 20 June at Nottingham and Chester-le-Street respectively.