NEW ZEALAND TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2022
“Unfortunately, Jimmy hasn’t stopped as often as we’d like, so Jamie Overton will be making his debut this week,” said Stokes. © Getty
Jamie Overton will make his Test of England debut in the third and final Test of the series against New Zealand at Headingley after being selected in the XI to replace the injured James Anderson.
“Unfortunately, Jimmy hasn’t stopped as often as we’d like, so Jamie Overton will be making his debut this week,” Stokes said at his pre-match press conference
The 28-year-old Overton has been in fine form for Surrey in the County Championship this season, having taken 21 wickets from 5 matches at an average of 21.61. However, he will not be taking the field with his twin brother Craig, whom he faced in the championship last week. Craig and Jamie are lining up to become the first twin brothers to represent England in Test cricket.
Overton’s inclusion for the final test is the only change for England in a streak they have already achieved. Veteran Anderson, who has a minor ankle problem, will need time to recuperate ahead of the crucial rescheduled Test against India which starts in Edgbaston on July 1.
England XI for Leeds Test: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes, Matty Potts, Jamie Overton, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach