Somerset and North Devon cricketer Jamie Overton is among 16 fast bowlers from the ECB men’s and women’s development programme heading to a winter camp in South Africa.
Overton will arrive at the High Performance Institute of Sport in Potchefstroom next Monday.
Six Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) bowlers - Overton and Somerset colleague Lewis Gregory, Matthew Hobden (Sussex), Craig Miles (Gloucestershire), Middlesex’s Harry Podmore and Olly Stone (Northamptonshire) - will spend 18 days training under the guidance of PEPP head coach Neil Killeen.
Each of the current PEPP bowlers will be hoping to emulate the likes of Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan, who are all graduates of the programme.
Fast bowling coach Kevin Shine said the camp is a chance for the players to put into practice what they have learned during the winter.
“The 18 days that the PEPP guys will spend in South Africa next month represents the culmination of a long winter of hard training indoors and in the gym at the NCPC in Loughborough,” he said.
“The programme is designed to develop the players physically, mentally and technically, so they can improve as cricketers and realise their full potential.
Before Christmas, along with the rest of the PEPP group, Overton spent a week training out in Portugal.
“I more or less knew what to expect as I went there last year on the same programme, but it was good to get away and train somewhere different,” he said.
“It will be great to be bowling back outside and help me to hit my straps ready for the new season which isn’t too far away.
“When I come back I have got a little time off and then I will be going out to Spain with the rest of the Somerset squad on March 4.
“It will be good to get back with the lads and join up with them for that trip before we come back and really get started.”