Jamie on the road to recovery
Jamie Overton is back at the Cooper Associates County Ground working hard to get himself back to full fitness in time for the start of the new domestic season following the injury that he sustained to his foot whilst playing for England Lions in Dubai.
The 21 year old paceman had just scored an unbeaten maiden half century for the Lions against the UAE in a one-day match on January 16th, which included 22 off the last over, before he limped off after bowling four overs following an injury which resulted in him being flown back home early to start his rehab programme.
“I tore a ligament in my foot under my little toe and there was a lot of swelling around it,” he said when we caught up with him this week. “It was a bit unfortunate for me that I had to come home early, but I should be fit and back bowling again by the start of March when we go out to Spain.”
Talking about his time with the Lions in Dubai he said: “I didn’t have too much of a chance with the bat until the last game but it was really nice to just be able to get outside and bowl on grass in the winter. In previous winters I have been bowling inside which hasn’t been all that great really, so to get out and play some proper cricket felt pretty good.”
Jamie has been pretty busy this winter and before Christmas he was away playing cricket as he explained. “Before Christmas all of the bowlers went out to Potchefstroom for a training camp and then we went on to Dubai to play some warm up games which went quite well. After that they kept me on for the T20 series, so I was pretty happy with how things went. We went back out to Dubai with the Lions after the holiday and I was doing quite well before I picked up this injury.”
The paceman is pretty happy with the way that he is bowling at the moment. “Its coming out pretty nicely for me,” he said. “I’m bowling a better length and swinging the ball more which makes me feel pretty positive going into the new season back here. I have picked up from where I left off last year and took that into what I have done in the winter and it seems to have worked.”
Regarding his unbeaten 57 off 35 balls, which included six fours, two big sixes and 22 runs off the last over, he said: “Its about the first time I had a bat and was just trying to add some lower order runs. We were in trouble at about 150 for eight so I was just trying to help the score along. The main thing really was to set us a target to bowl at.
“It just seemed to happen for me. I tried to bat the overs and put a score on the board for us to bowl at. I score quick enough as it is so if I’m at the wicket for anytime the runs seem to come. It was fortunate I was in for the last over and got a few runs off it.”
Looking ahead Jamie said: “The new season is creeping up pretty quickly now and having had a taste of what it’s like to play on the grass I cant wait to get out there and start.”
He added: ”It’s always nice to get away somewhere and play cricket in the winter, but in a way it’s also been good to come back and work here and catch up with the with the rest of the lads again.”