Jamie Overton will be heading back to Somerset in the next few days after being ruled out of the England Lions series against Pakistan A with injury.
The 21 year old suffered a foot injury in the second warm-up match against UAE on Saturday which has since been diagnosed as soft tissue damage.
Lions Coach Andy Flower said: “It is a real shame that Jamie will not take part in this series. He was one of the better performers in our T20 series win pre-Christmas, and he was starting to really hit his straps on this section of the tour.
“He has worked really hard on enhancing his skills to go with his natural advantages of size and pace, showing the ability to take the ball away from the right hander, bowling a better length and getting the ball in the blockhole. He was going to be a big part of our bowling attack, but he’s got some great work done through the winter.
“He can now get back to his rehab and pre-season work with Somerset and they can look forward to a really potent and genuinely fast bowler working with them this summer.”
Somerset Physio Jamie Thorpe said: “Obviously this is very frustrating for Jamie. We will assess the injury when he returns to Taunton and then create a rehab programme tailored to best suit his recovery.”
On a more positive note Jamie’s twin brother Craig helped the England Lions to a five wicket victory over Pakistan A in Dubai.
Craig finished with impressive figures of two for 33 from eight overs as Pakistan were dismissed for just 192. England reached their target for the loss of five wickets with 53 balls remaining as James Vince top scored with 70.
“It’s a nice feeling,” said Craig. “The wicket was a bit slow today, so we just bashed a hard length and it seemed to work – let them make the mistakes and get our wickets that way. We built pressure and kept the squeeze on.
“Jamie’s injury is a bit of a freak accident I think. It’s sad to see him go but I’m sure he’ll be raring to go for the season. He’s had a good winter. He did really well before Christmas and he’s been looking good out here now. He’ll have a bit of a break now but he’ll be back bowling at Somerset soon.”
The second match in the five match series takes place on Friday.