Craig Overton selected for England’s New Zealand tests
PUBLISHED: 09:26 11 January 2018
North Devon and Somerset bowler will be hoping to shake off rib injury before New Zealand tour in March
Craig Overton has been named in the 16-man England test squad for their tour of New Zealand.
The North Devon seamer has been retained for the upcoming tour, which includes two warm-up matches and two tests.
The 23-year-old made his debut during England’s Ashes tour of Australia in December, and impressed with bat and ball in an otherwise forgettable series for the tourists.
In the two Tests he featured, the Somerset bowler took six wickets and scored 62 runs.
His involvement in the series was cut short by a rib injury, one he is expected to recover from by the time England fly out to New Zealand on March 9.
England have also called up uncapped Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone and returning paceman Mark Wood.
As expected there has been no mass bloodletting after the comprehensive Ashes defeat, with Gary Ballance, Jake Ball and Tom Curran the only absentees from the group beaten 4-0 in Australia.
Ballance did not feature in the series, Ball featured only in the first Test and Curran was a late addition to the squad before turning out in Melbourne and Sydney.
England squad: J Root (Yorkshire, captain), M Ali (Worcestershire), J Anderson (Lancashire), J Bairstow (Yorkshire), S Broad (Nottinghamshire), A Cook (Essex), M Crane (Hampshire), B Foakes (Surrey), L Livingstone (Lancashire), D Malan (Middlesex), C Overton (Somerset), B Stokes (Durham), M Stoneman (Surrey), J Vince (Hampshire), C Woakes (Warwickshire), M Wood (Durham).