Root drops major Overton hint

14 November 2017 08:47:06 EST

England captain Joe Root has dropped a major hint that seamer Craig Overton will make his Test debut in the first match of the Ashes series in Australia.

The 23-year-old Somerset man has made a big impression in two warm-up matches to date and is expected to feature in the final game ahead of the Test series getting under way, which is against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville.

He's stood up and put his hand up to be selected and that's what you want.

Joe Root

And Overton now seems likely to slot in alongside James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes in the Test line-up, with Jake Ball currently struggling with an ankle injury.

Root said ahead of the clash with the CA XI, which starts on Wednesday: "Craig's been brilliant. He's come in on this tour, thrown himself into every game and every opportunity whenever he has got the ball.

"He's stood up and put his hand up to be selected and that's what you want.

"All the guys who haven't played before have shown a lot of promise and gone about things the right way in practice and in the games too."

Overton has played in 61 first-class matches to date, taking 193 wickets at an average of 25.88, while he also has a first-class century to his name - which was made against Hampshire in 2016.

He can be backed at 16/1 to be the top England bowler in the Ashes series, with Anderson available at 7/4 and Broad priced at 12/5.

The first Test of five is at the Gabba in Brisbane and starts on Thursday 23rd November.

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