Jamie and Craig Overton in line to become first identical twins to play Test cricket for England


England already have an unassailable 2-0 lead over New Zealand in the three-Test series as the two sides prepare to play each other in the third and final Test at Headingley in Leeds on Thursday. The hosts are scared in the form of skipper Ben Stokes, who is recovering from illness. If he misses it, it could open the doors to Jamie Overton, Craig Overton’s identical twin.

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Notably, if Jamie makes his debut on Thursday, the sibling duo would become the first identical twin to play for the Three Lions. While the two are the same age, Jamie was the first to be called U-19, while Craig made his international debut before the first.

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Jamie Overton’s selection comes after winning 21 wickets for County Championship Division One leaders Surrey this season.

The 28-year-old, who has been hampered by injuries during his career, was called up to the England one-day squad in 2013 but has not played international cricket.

The Overtons faced off in a County Championship game between Somerset and Surrey this week, with Craig suffering a concussion after Jamie hit him with a bouncer.

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England are otherwise unchanged, having beaten the Black Caps by five wickets at Trent Bridge to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series.

The twin brothers’ careers started identically as both signed up for Somerset in 2012. While Craig continues to play for the team, Jamie left in 2020 to join Surrey in 2021. The former made his debut tested in 2017 during The Ashes. He scored 182 runs in 14 innings at an average of 15.16, while his best shot is an undefeated 41. With the ball he scalped 21 wickets in 13 innings at 36.19, with his best match figures of 6/61.

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Ben Stokes’ England have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series against New Zealand after winning the second Test at Trent Bridge by five wickets on Tuesday.



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