England add Jamie Overton to squad for New Zealand third Test


England turn up the pace by adding Jamie Overton to their squad as they chase 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand with one of their regular seamers set to be rested at Headingley

  • England expected to reshuffle their bowling attack for third Test at Leeds
  • They have already secured a series win over New Zealand with a match to play
  • Surrey seamer Jamie Overton has been called into the squad for next week
  • James Anderson or Matthew Potts could be rested with eye on Test with India 

England have added the extra pace of Jamie Overton to their attempt to complete a whitewash against the world Test champions New Zealand at Headingley next week.

Overton joins his brother Craig in a 14-man squad, with England contemplating resting one of their seamers for the third LV = Insurance Test because their one-off clash with India that completes last year’s Covid-hit series follows rapidly at Edgbaston.

Jimmy Anderson looked stiff on the final morning of the second Test and was only introduced to the England attack to take the final New Zealand wicket when other options had been exhausted. 

Jamie Overton has been called into the England squad for the third Test with New Zealand

The Surrey pace bowler could play a part at Headingley as England shuffle their bowling attack

The Surrey pace bowler could play a part at Headingley as England shuffle their bowling attack

Newcomer Matthew Potts, meanwhile, had a heavy workload for Durham this season before making his first two Test appearances.

Jamie Overton has 21 County Championship wickets at 22 apiece for Surrey this year while averaging more than 50 with the bat and England want to have a look at him as a potential No 8 – where he will be in contention with his twin.

It could be argued he also owes his place partly to concerns over Craig following the nasty blow he received on the head batting for Somerset against Surrey last week that caused him to retire hurt – a blow inflicted by Jamie Overton himself.

James Anderson (second left) was used sparingly in New Zealand's second innings

James Anderson (second left) was used sparingly in New Zealand’s second innings 

Jamie Overton felled his brother Craig with a bouncer during Surrey's game with Somerset

Jamie Overton felled his brother Craig with a bouncer during Surrey’s game with Somerset

Matt Parkinson, who made his Test debut at Lord’s as a concussion substitute, is left out, with England determined to keep faith with Jack Leach on the ground where he played the supporting role with the bat to Ben Stokes three years ago in the Miracle of Headingley.

Devon Conway has become the fourth New Zealand player and sixth member of the touring party in all to test positive for Covid.

Conway joins Michael Bracewell in isolation for five days but still hopes to be fit for the third Test that starts in Leeds next Thursday.

Captain Kane Williamson missed the second Test with the virus but has now recovered while physio Vijay Vallabh and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson are also affected. Henry Nicholls tested positive earlier in the trip.

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