Jamie Overton to join England under-19 cricket squad in South Africa
JAMIE OVERTON is to join the England under-19 cricket tour of South Africa.
The 18-year-old Somerset pace bowler, from Northam, is to replace captain Shiv Thakor, who has suffered a broken finger.
The call-up comes a day after Overton's twin, Craig, was named in the England Lions squad going to Australia next week.
Jamie Overton has played 12 under-19 matches for England, taking 12 wickets.
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The twins were not included in the original party for the tour as they were instead chosen to train with the ECB Potential Emerging Players Programme (Pepp) in Loughborough.
Jamie Overton was due to go to South Africa for a training camp with the Pepp next week.
He will join the rest of the England under-19 group for the five-match one-day international series against South Africa, starting on Wednesday, February 13.
The countries will first meet in a two-match Test series, beginning in Cape Town on Sunday.
England lost their first warm-up match, against a Western Cape Invitation XI, by seven wickets on Wednesday.
Craig Overton will leave with the Lions squad for Australia on Tuesday night ahead of their eight-match trip, which features five one-day internationals against Australia.