ODIs: Jamie Overton joins twin brother Craig in England squad

Jun 15, 2015, 20:47 IST | AFP

London: Fast bowler Jamie Overton has been called up to England's squad for the remaining two one-day internationals against New Zealand, it was announced on Monday.

He was selected after Yorkshire fast-medium bowler Liam Plunkett was ruled out with a thigh strain after the second ODI. Overton's inclusion comes after twin brother Craig, an all-rounder, was called into the squad on Saturday after Chris Jordan was ruled out of the rest of the series with a side injury.

Both of the 21-year-old Overtons, who play for Somerset, are uncapped at international level. Jamie Overton has appeared in just 14 senior one-day or List A county matches, where his 20 wickets have come at a respectable average of 27 apiece.

Craig Overton has played 15 List A matches and while his figures may not be that impressive -- he averages just 10.54 with the bat and 54.20 with the ball -- he is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the English game.

No pair of twins have yet featured in a senior England cricket team, but the Waugh twins, Stephen and Mark, were mainstays of the successful Australia side of the 1990s and early 2000s, while New Zealand's Hamish and James Marshall also played international cricket. World Cup finalists New Zealand lead the five-match series with England 2-1 after their three-wicket win at Hampshire's Rose Bowl ground on Sunday.

The series continues at Trent Bridge on Wednesday before concluding at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

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