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Jamie heading to Australia

Jamie Overton is heading to Australia to train with the England Lions.

Although not in the match squad, Jamie will be going Down Under to undertake training with the touring party.

We spoke with him earlier this week to discuss how his winter has been going and what he will be doing before the season gets underway.

“I feel like I’m in a good place at the moment and hopefully things will go well in Australia,” he said.

The 25-year-old had a successful operation at the end of the season to have a bone spur removed from his left ankle and he is pleased with how that has healed.

“The ankle is as good as gold at the moment and I haven’t had any issues with it at all. My focus now is on building up my workloads.

“It feels like it’s been a long winter already, but it’s been a good one for me so far. It was nice to get the ball back in my hand just before Christmas. It was nice to be able to actually play some cricket rather than just being in the gym. I’m feeling good at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing how training out in Australia goes.

“To have the opportunity to train with the Lions isn’t something that comes around too often. Being out there with them for six weeks will be exciting and it’s a great environment to be in.

“I’ve been working really hard over the last couple of months and working on a few things, but it will be good to get outdoors. When you’re inside you can’t come in off a full run up and having a bit of sun on your back makes all the difference. I can’t wait to get out there and bowl on some grass.

“There are a few of us involved with England at various levels at the moment, which is great. There will be five of us in Australia and Jason Kerr will be there in a coaching role, so it will feel very Somersety, I know that’s not a word but that’s how it will feel. It’s great for the Club to have so many people involved in things like this and it shows where the Club is going.”

2019 was a successful year for Somerset and Jamie claimed the Man of the Match award as Somerset lifted the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s. How are the Club planning to build on that?

“Last year was a great year for us,” he said. “Obviously, we won our first trophy for a few years and it’s a really exciting time. We’ve got to just keep doing what we do and keep improving because we all want to win the County Championship.

“As a sportsman you just want to keep improving. You want to keep striving for improvements because that’s what the job is. We want to find ways to keep challenging ourselves to be the best when we’re out on that pitch.”

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