Craig Overton was part of the England Lions squad that flew out to Dubai this week.
When we caught up with him just before he set off the Somerset all-rounder couldn’t wait to get back in the England fold. “I’m looking forward to it very much,” he said. “It should be a decent tour as the squad is very much the same as it was last year. There are a couple of new additions, one of who is Jack Leach and that will be really good. Over the last two winters I have been away and unfortunately I’ve been injured and had to cut it short. Hopefully this time I can stay fit and get selected for the one after too.”
Looking back over the 2016 season Craig said: “I did alright this summer and bowled probably the best I ever have. I didn’t necessarily get the rewards I would have liked but the wickets here suited the spinners so the seamers didn’t bowl as much as we normally do. However, when you do get the chance to bowl you want to try and get wickets. I did get a few this year which was good and with the bat I got my maiden century which I am very pleased about so I just want to keep on going and get some more runs. I got my Somerset Cap as well this year which was nice and to get it from Alfonso Thomas made it very special. He was was leading the bowling attack when I started here and I’ve learned so much from him.”
Did Chris Rogers have any influence over the way that Craig bowled this summer? “Because of my height, my natural length is a bit shorter but he got me bowling a bit fuller and trying to hit the stumps a bit more. It seemed to work so hopefully I can carry on with that next year.”
Looking beyond the Lions trip to Dubai Craig said: “Obviously it depends on how I go before Christmas but in the New Year there is a Lions trip to Sri Lanka so I hope I get selected for that. After that I could potentially be going off to the North v South fixture in Dubai so there is busy winter ahead and plenty to look forward to.”