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Uncapped Craig Overton stunned by Ashes announcement

Uncapped Craig Overton stunned by Ashes announcement”

Craig Overton has been named in England's test squad for their Ashes tour of Australia. Just a day earlier, following news of Ben Stokes' arrest, the right-hand batsman had suggested England would be hopeless without him.

The 26-year-old, who has amassed 596 runs at a moderate 33.11 in this year's Specsavers County Championship, was nevertheless thrilled to be recalled.

England's 16-man squad for the Ashes series in Australia: Joe Root, captain (Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

"Until the last few days and reading a couple of articles in the papers I hadn't really considered it", he said.

'My white-ball form has been really good and, if anything, I'd have said I was closer to being picked in white-ball stuff so it did come as a surprise.

"But no part of me thought I wasn't up to playing at that level and having had a taste of it I went away with a hunger to work hard and get back in the side".

The decision to include Vince has split opinion even though there is a suspicion his batting will be better suited to Australian conditions.

Bond, 42, tormented Australia as a player, with England looking to capitalise on his experience that saw him claim 44 wickets at an average of 15.79 in trans-Tasman ODI clashes.

'You have to deal with pace out there and I feel that my game is pretty well-suited to playing against pace'.



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