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Twins' rivalry drove Jamie Overton into full England cricket squad

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: February 16, 2014

Twins' rivalry drove Jamie Overton into full England cricket squad

Somerset's Jamie Overton won a place in the England squad for the one-day international series against Australia last summer

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Sibling rivalry is spurring Jamie Overton on as he strives to become one of the world’s best cricketers.

The Somerset fast bowler, from Northam, has admitted that trying to stay one step ahead of twin and team-mate Craig helped him get into the full England set-up.

Jamie, 19, was an unused member of the squad for the one-day international series against Australia last summer. In an interview published in the March edition of The Cricketer, he said seeing his brother win England Lions honours before him was a motivation.

Craig toured Australia with the Lions a year ago but a stress fracture in his back cut short his summer with Somerset, while a series of impressive displays by Jamie earned him a call-up to the full squad.

“It felt slightly disappointing when he got the Lions recognition but that’s always what’s motivated me the most: trying to catch him up,” said Jamie.

“We have always pushed each other. I have always wanted to outdo him at just about everything. You don’t take it too far because it can get out of hand but not much has changed.”

Both Overtons were put on a strength-and-conditioning programme by the England management this winter, although a knee injury put Jamie out of the Lions tour of Sri Lanka.

“The main thing has been to get my speed up first, then work on my consistency because, if you can get both, then you’re going to be one of the best bowlers in the world,” he said.

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