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Jamie explains new training regime

Five Somerset bowlers, who have been named in the England back-to-training group, returned to training at the Cooper Associates County Ground recently to prepare for upcoming series later this summer.

Following the strict guidelines laid down by the ECB, each of the five Craig and Jamie Overton, Dom Bess, Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach in turn trained outside on the grass under the watchful eye of Jason Kerr. Tom Banton, who was also named in the group, will start training at a later date in line with other batsmen around the Country.

First up from the group was Jamie Overton who shared his thought with us.

“It was good to be back at the ground and great to be back bowling again. It was a bit bizarre because the ground was pretty empty and it was very quiet.

“Everyone comes in at half hour intervals so there are only two players there at one time – one of us bowling and the other warming up. You can only talk to anyone from a distance and there is a strict one-way system in place, so you can’t go back on the route you came in by so you don’t really cross paths with anyone.

“I got back from Australia on March 7th all ready to go off to pre-season in Abu Dhabi which of course didn’t materialize and then came the lockdown.

“However it hasn’t been too bad having a couple of months downtime after quite a hefty winter, but now we all want to be playing cricket because that is our jobs and want we want to be doing.

“It’s been a tough period but of course we understand what is going on and the main target is for us, like it is for everyone, is to stay safe at the moment.”

Jamie went on: “I am really chuffed to have been named in the England back-to-training group. Australia went really well for me and the coaches were very happy with how things worked out. Working with the Lions I gave it all I had and am very pleased to have been included in this squad.

“Jason is leading the training at the moment which is good because I did a lot of work with him out in Australia this winter. I am trying to remodel my action to the way that it was when I was younger and I was surprised and pleased yesterday with how it went for me, so hopefully that will all help me going forward.”

Jamie added: “There are a lot of very talented players in the squad so its going to be hard but hopefully there will be some opportunities for me.”

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