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Craig discusses ODI debut

Craig Overton was back at the Cooper Associates County Ground earlier this week after making his ODI debut for England against Australia at Durham last week.

Reflecting on his call up Craig said: “It was great to get the call last week and it was a long drive up to Durham but to get my cap and make my ODI debut for England was brilliant.

“It’s fantastic to have been able to play my part in helping England get a 5-0 series win against Australia, which was very special.”

During the match Craig was involved in very slick piece of fielding.

“I didn’t think too much about it at the time,” he said. “The ball was hit to Jason Roy at long on and I sort of drifted with the it and almost subconscientiously followed it. Jason caught it but obviously realized he going over the boundary and threw it back in and it went straight back to me and it all ended up quite nicely.

“We do practice that move quite a bit, and normally its only a tap back into play but this was 25 or 30 yards that he threw it back to me, so he did pretty well and it all worked out very nicely for us, getting Shaun Marsh out.”

Craig has been named in England ODI squads on several occasions in recent years but didn’t make it out on to the field.

“I think I was in the squad in 2016 against New Zealand and had a sniff of playing but it didn’t happen. Then this winter in New Zealand I had another sniff but didn’t get picked, so to get called up and play in the game up at Durham was something really special for me and I wont forget it in a hurry.”

Since the end of the 2017 season a lot has happened in 24 year old’s career.

“The last few months for me have been pretty hectic with me making my Test debut and now my ODI debut for England. It all seems to have happened pretty quickly. It can happen like that in cricket and you just have to take your chance and make the most of it.

“I feel I have done OK, and maybe could have done a bit more but I am pretty happy with what I have done and there is something to work on as well.”

During the England game Craig suffered a side strain that prevented him being involved with the squad for the final match and now he is back in Taunton, working his way back to full fitness.

“Its always frustrating to suffer an injury, but I felt things getting sore in my first over so I guess I did pretty well to get through the rest of them, which is a positive sign because I could keep on going.”

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