ENG vs NZ: Jamie Overton joins twin brother Craig Overton in England squad for final Test

England have won the series, having clinched the first two Tests.

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Jamie Overton and Lewis Gregory of Somerset celebrate. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

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Jamie Overton has earned a call-up in the England squad for the third and final Test match of the series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to begin on June 23, Thursday. He will be joining his twin brother Craig Overton after an impressive performance with the ball during his stint in the County Championship division one for Surrey.

The uncapped player has managed to scalp 21 wickets for his side so far, which helped him to earn a place in England’s Test squad. The 28-year-old, whose career has been plagued by injury, was named in England’s ODI team in 2013 but is yet to play international cricket. Jamie is the sole newcomer to the squad picked for the final Test, and would be raring to share the dressing room with his brother.

The brothers have played against each other during County games, and not too long ago, Craig was hit by Jameis’ bouncer during the match between Somerset and Surrey. The former suffered a concussion due the same. No twins have ever played international cricket for England, and the record is likely to be maintained given Craig’s absence from the first two games against New Zealand.

The duo has a chance of playing in the third and final Test as the surface at Leeds is likely to support the pacers, and the two have great potential of consistently clocking their deliveries at a speed. Jamie is comparatively the faster one as he has hit 145 kmph consistently this season. Speaking of experience and reliability, Craig is ahead of Jamie. The former has 402 First-Class wickets to his name, whereas the latter has 206 wickets.

England overpowered the Kiwis to win the Test series

Speaking of the current situation of the series, England marked their return to Test cricket in great style as they defeated the current World Test Champions in the first two matches to win the series and take a lead of 2-0. England had managed to win just one out of 17 Tests that they had played before meeting the Kiwis. England have now entered a new era of Test cricket under the new skipper Ben Stokes and new head coach Brendon McCullum.

England squad for the third Test:

Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes (wk), Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Joe Root