Craig and Jamie Overton have both been named in the England Lions squad that will play a five match one day series against Pakistan A in Dubai in the New Year.
Both were involved in the England Development Programme fast bowling camp that took part in Potchefstroom in the autumn, after which Jamie went onto to Dubai to play for the Lions against Pakistan A in a T20 series.
Sadly Craig returned home from South Africa after sustaining an injury to his elbow and has been at the County Ground undergoing a rehabilitation programme.
When the squad was announced Craig said: “We will be going out to Dubai for three weeks in January, the first of which is going to be a training camp for the one day series against Pakistan A that gets underway on January 20th and we then come back on the 31st.
“I had to come back early from South Africa because of my injury so it will be nice to get out and playing cricket again. I have got a final fitness check on January 4th and if that’s all good then I will have a couple of days to get ready for the tour.
“My elbow is going well and I will carry on with my rehab over Christmas to make sure I am ready for January 4th and then hopefully go on from there.”
Jamie, who enjoyed a successful T20 series will now face the same opposition in 50 over cricket, said: “I did well in the T20 format before Christmas so it’s great to have been selected to take part in the five one day internationals in Dubai and have the chance to put in some more good performances.”
Jamie added: “My game is going in the right direction at the moment and hopefully I can push on and do well.”
England Lions squad
James Vince (Hampshire, capt)
Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Sam Billings (Kent)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Tom Curran (Surrey)
Liam Dawson (Hampshire)
Ben Foakes (Surrey)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Stephen Parry (Lancashire)
Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)
Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Ross Whiteley (Worcestershire)
England ODI/T20 Fixtures
30 Jan One Day Tour Match, Kimberley
03 Feb 1st Momentum ODI, Bloemfontein
06 Feb 2nd Momentum ODI, Port Elizabeth
09 Feb 3rd Momentum ODI, Centurion
12 Feb 4thMomentum ODI, Johannesburg
14 Feb 5th Momentum ODI, Cape Town
17 Feb T20 Tour Match, Paarl
19 Feb 1st KFC T20 International, Cape Town
21 Feb 2nd KFC T20 International, Johannesburg