Jamie Overton has been included in the 30-man Performance Squad for the 2016 summer season that has been announced today by the ECB.
ECB Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, said: “This is the first time in two seasons we have selected an England Performance Squad. I feel that it is important that we do so to enable our staff to monitor effectively those players who are on our radar, but not necessarily part of one of the England teams. It is also important to point out that it does not confine the selectors to pick from this squad.”
Following his selection Jamie said: “I’m very pleased. Everyone want’s to play for England and that’s obviously the main aim as a professional cricketer but at the moment my focus is on doing the best that I can for Somerset. Hopefully I can push on, put in some good performances and then we will see what happens.”
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard believes that Jamie’s inclusion is a just reward for his form since the end of last season. “It’s great news for Jamie,” he said. “He obviously impressed the selectors during the winter. He’s been bowling really well and he has a tremendous amount of potential. He’s shown that he’s fit and hopefully this can be the first step on the road to something really exciting for him. He’s maturing as a cricketer and that is exactly what we want for him. He has that extra gear which can take the game away from the opposition, just like his brother.
“If we can keep producing players who are getting international recognition, then we will be strong as a County and it’s extremely important that we do so. It’s vital that we continue to give our young players the opportunity to show what they can do. It’s the only way that they will gain that experience. I’m really pleased for Jamie and I don’t imagine that Craig (Overton) and Lewis (Gregory) were far away from making the squad as well.”