Craig joins Jack in England Ashes squad

Craig Overton has been added to the England squad for the fourth Specsavers Ashes Test match.

The England National Cricket Selectors have named a 13-strong squad for the match against Australia at Emirates Old Trafford which gets underway on Wednesday.

Craig has taken 32 wickets and scored over 200 runs in this season’s Specsavers County Championship. He also topped the Club’s batting averages in our successful Royal London One-Day Cup campaign as well as being our leading wicket taker in that competition.

He joins his Somerset teammate Jack Leach who is retained in the squad following his heroics at Emerald Headingley.

The squad in full is:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain

Jofra Archer (Sussex)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Rory Burns (Surrey)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Craig Overton (Somerset)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Craig returns to the Test squad for the first time since March 2018 when he played against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. He will be looking to add to his three Test caps.

England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the Specsavers Ashes series. Whilst bowling in the ninth over on Thursday in Lancashire’s second XI four-day friendly against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, Anderson became aware of right calf pain following on from 20 overs he had bowled on Tuesday.

He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game. Further review with the ECB medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Specsavers Ashes Tests.

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