Jamie named in England Lions Squad
Somerset fast bowler Jamie Overton has been included in the England Lions squad for a 50-over Tri-Series against the A-teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka later this month.
England have selected a young 13-man squad, which has an average age of 22 and includes three members of England’s squad for the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year – Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood, Sussex’s George Garton and the Surrey allrounder Sam Curran, who will join his older brother Tom in the squad for the last two matches of the series in Canterbury.
Liam Dawson and Sam Billings are the only two members of the Lions squad to have played senior international cricket. Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett, Worcestershire’s Brett D’Oliveira and Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone are rewarded for their impressive county form this season with first Lions call-ups, and Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond, Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke and Somerset’s Jamie Overton join Malan, Dawson, Billings and Tom Curran to provide continuity from the winter.
Andy Flower, who will again be the head coach, said: “It is important for the Lions to play home matches in the summer as well as touring during the winter for a number of reasons, and we are grateful to the counties for recognising that if we are going to reap the benefits of playing abroad in the winter, we have to offer the equivalent opportunity to the developing cricketers of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“We’ve had quite a large transition from last winter’s Lions squad to the national side, and that means we will have a much younger group this summer. That is going to make this a challenging series against some experienced cricketers from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but it will provide a great opportunity for our young players to test themselves.”
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard added: “I am delighted for Jamie, who has come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years. He has worked really hard on bowling a fuller length and it is great to see him getting his rewards for the effort he has put in”
England Lions squad for Tri-Series, July 18-25
Dawid Malan (Middlesex, captain)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Ben Duckett (Northants)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Brett D’Oliveira (Worcestershire)
Sam Billings (Kent, wk)
Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
Liam Dawson (Hampshire)
Tom Curran (Surrey)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
George Garton (Sussex)
Sam Curran (Surrey) * to join squad for last two matches only