Young Somerset all-rounder, Craig Overton has been called upon by England to step into Chris Jordan’s place, after Jordan getting injured in the second ODI against New Zealand at the Oval. Jordan was not even able to bowl his quota of ten overs in the match and had to leave it in between. Even before the injury, he didn’t have a good match and had devastated figures of 1-97 in nine overs. Jordan
It is the first that the 21-year-old Overton will be making it to the national team, although he had chances of the same once before. Although the team will be looking to Jordan’s fitness before Overton makes it to the team, but the team management will also be deciding about the form of Chris Jordan.
Overall, Craig Overton has scalped 20 wickets from four Championship matches this season. He also had a good form in last year’s season both with the bat and the ball. He has appeared in 15 senior ODIs for Somerset and remarkably called the most prominent upcoming talent of England. However, his batting average is just 10.54 and bowling average is 54.20 and these figures tell a quite contrasting story.
The five-match series between England and New Zealand is equally poised at 1-1 till now. It will be quite interesting to see how England shuffles its bowlers in the upcoming matches of the series. However, in reference to Jordan, England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan has said, “Sides are funny ones with bowlers, you don’t know how bad it is until the scans come through. He’s going to be a doubt.”