ASHES star Chris Rogers has tipped Jamie Overton to be "something special".
Australia opener Rogers, 36, played alongside Overton's father Mark for North Devon in the Nineties.
And he said he was not surprised to see the teenage Somerset fast bowler named in England's one-day international squad.
Overton, the 19-year-old from Northam, is this month set to become the youngest England player since Brian Close in 1949.
He missed out on a place in the team for Tuesday's victory over Ireland in Dublin but his debut is likely to come during the five-match NatWest Series against Australia, starting at Headingley tomorrow.
Rogers, who is not part of the Australia one-day team and has returned to captaining Middlesex, told the Journal: "Was I surprised to see him called up? Not really.
"Jamie bowls as quick as anyone in county cricket and he makes things happen. He's still raw but his best balls are world class and he gets good players out. He's going to be something special."
Playing for Somerset against Middlesex, Overton has dismissed Rogers four times in six innings this season.
The left-hander has also had trouble against his twin, Craig Overton, falling to him during the England Lions tour of Australia in February.
"It's not surprising, tall bowlers will get good players out because they get bounce," said Rogers.
"I'm a big fan of them both. Craig, equally, has the talent but it has been a bit tough for him without playing (this season because of a back injury) to show he's going to be quality.
"Guys who are 6ft 7in, athletic and talented don't fall off trees. They are the two young guys England will be looking at."
Rogers was one Australia player to emerge from the 3-0 Ashes defeat to England with credit. He scored 367 runs, including a maiden Test century at Chester-le-Street.