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Craig Overton called up to England Lions cricket squad

By NDJSport  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

YOUNG LION: Craig Overton pictured in action for England under-19s. Picture: Mike Overton

YOUNG LION: Craig Overton pictured in action for England under-19s. Picture: Mike Overton

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CRAIG OVERTON has been added to the England Lions cricket squad and will leave for the tour of Australia on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Somerset all-rounder, from Northam, was not in the original 16-man party named earlier this month.

But after impressing coaches at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, Overton was told on Tuesday that he would be joining the Lions.

England have an eight-match itinerary, including five one-day internationals against Australia A.

The Lions team, formerly known as England A, is made up of a mix of promising young players and those on the cusp of the full international team.

Overton, a right-hand batsman and fast-medium bowler, has played 16 one-day internationals for the England under-19s. He averages 26.92 with the bat, with a top score of 68 not out, and 35.57 with the ball.

He made his first-class debut for Somerset in the County Championship match against Lancashire last April and scored 50 and took four for 38 in separate matches against Durham.

Overton and his twin, Jamie, have been training at Loughborough as part of the ECB Potential Emerging Players Programme, which includes the country's best young pace bowlers.

Jamie is due to travel to South Africa next week for a training camp with the group.

England Lions squad for Australia tour: James Taylor (Nottinghamshire, captain), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Varun Chopra (Warwickshire), Rikki Clarke (Warwickshire), Matthew Coles (Kent), Ben Foakes (Essex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Craig Overton (Somerset), Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Essex), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Wright (Warwickshire).

Schedule – Feb 7: Victoria 2nd XI. Feb 11: Victoria. Feb 13: Victoria. Feb 16: Australia A. Feb 18: Australia A. Feb 22: Australia A. Feb 25: Australia A. Mar 1: Australia A.

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