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Jamie Overton joins twin brother Craig in the England squad for the third Test

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Called up for England’s final Test against New Zealand, Jamie Overton joins twin brother Craig in a 14-man squad.

The uncovered seamer from Surrey, three minutes younger, has been added to an otherwise unchanged selection for Headingley after this week’s stirring win at Trent Bridge.

The decision puts the Overtons back on the same page after they faced off in last week’s LV= Insurance County Championship, a meeting that ended with Craig suffering a concussion after Jamie hit him with a bouncer.

England have reported no injury worries in the bowling squad but the addendum suggests they are keen to explore their options at Leeds after confronting a three-man pace attack from James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Stuart Broad in the last two Tests leaving newcomer Matthew Potts.

No twins have previously played international cricket for England, a record likely to remain intact as Craig was an unused squad member in their first two games against the Kiwis.

However, should conditions favor fast bowlers, as is often the case at Leeds, England could opt to replace spinner Jack Leach with an additional pace option and put the Overtons in direct competition for a spot.

Jamie is comfortably the faster bowler, clocked at 90mph this season, and has longer reach as a batsman – which could be relevant given the length of England’s current tail.

But Craig Overton has proven more reliable and consistent in first-class cricket over the years, with 402 wickets compared to Jamie’s 206 and eight Test caps and four ODI appearances.

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