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Craig delighted by call up to England One-Day squad

Craig Overton has been called up to the England squad for the One-Day series against New Zealand.

The 23-year-old will replace Liam Plunkett who has been ruled out after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Unsurprisingly Craig is delighted to have been called up. “Obviously it’s really good news for me,” he said. “It’ll be great to get out there before the Test series starts and it’ll give me the chance to get in a bit of practice and hopefully I can get selected for some of the one-dayers.

“I’ve been in a few one-day squads before and it’s really nice to be in one again. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a game and it’ll be a great experience because I’ve never been to New Zealand before. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Following Craig’s call up Somerset Head Coach Jason Kerr said: “This is great news for Craig. He made a real impression during the Ashes series and the England selectors are more than well aware of what he is capable of.

“He showed against Australia that he is very much at home on the international stage and if he is given the opportunity in New Zealand I’m sure that he will be successful again.”

The five-match ODI series begins on Sunday February 25th and Craig will remain in New Zealand for the two-match Test series which gets underway on March 22nd.

Craig was outstanding in all formats of the game for Somerset last season and in 50-over cricket he claimed 16 wickets at an average of just 24.06 with a best of three for 21.

Craig made an impressive start to his England career during the recent Ashes series, taking six wickets and scoring 62 runs in his two matches. He was first called in to the England ODI set up, along with twin brother Jamie, back in 2015 but has yet to feature in the 50-over side.

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