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Overton twins in England World Cup squad

By NDJSport  |  Posted: July 06, 2012

WORLD CUP PLACE: Jamie (left) and Craig Overton.

WORLD CUP PLACE: Jamie (left) and Craig Overton.

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CRAIG and Jamie Overton have this morning been named in the England squad for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

The 18-year-old twins, from Northam, are in a 15-man squad for the tournament to be held in Queensland, Australia, next month.

England will begin against the host nation on August 11 before facing Ireland and Nepal in their other group matches.

Craig, an all-rounder, and Jamie, a pace bowler, are also likely to be involved in two one-day international against Ireland this month.

They have turned professional with Somerset this summer, while also playing club cricket for North Devon in recent weeks.

David Graveney, the England Development Programme head selector, said: "The squad we have put together contains strength in depth and some exciting young talent which we look forward to seeing perform on the world stage in Australia.

"It was difficult to reduce the squad from our original 30 names to just 15, but we feel we have a good mix of batting and bowling with strong names in reserve in case of any injuries."

Tim Boon, the England squad's head coach, said: "The squad contains a great blend of players with first-class experience and those with less experience.

"We've got some great games to look forward to against top-class opposition at such a prestigious tournament.

"We're looking to giving them an opportunity to impress at this level and hope will we compete strongly throughout the competition."

England U19 squad: Adam Ball (capt, Kent), Ben Foakes (vice-capt, Essex), Shozair Ali (Warwickshire), Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent), Ben Collins (Leicestershire), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire), Aneesh Kapil (Worcestershire), Tom Knight (Derbyshire), Craig Overton (Somerset and Devon), Jamie Overton (Somerset and Devon), Reece Topley (Essex), Kishan Velani (Essex), Sam Wood (Nottinghamshire).

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