Surrey handed Overton boost

01 August 2020 23:49:44 GMTPlus10

Surrey have bolstered their bowling options with the signing of Somerset's Jamie Overton for the 2020/21 county season.

Overton jumped at the chance to make the move to the Oval, citing the desire for a "fresh challenge" as his motivation for leaving Taunton.

A towering quick, the 26-year-old has been a regular for Somerset since making his County Championship debut in 2012, claiming 164 first-class wickets at 30.87.

His twin brother Craig has made four appearances for England's Test team but Jamie is still waiting for a senior international appearance.

However, he has long been held in high regard by the England selectors and was named in a ODI squad to face Australia in 2013 aged just 19.

Overton was also part of England's 30-man training group named ahead of the recent Test series against the West Indies and will be hoping that a move to Surrey can provide a further boost to his international hopes.

Speaking to Surrey's website, he explained his decision to move:

"From the moment that Alec [Stewart, Surrey director or cricket] made contact and talked me through the opportunity, I was excited about coming to Surrey.

"I'm obviously aware of the club's history and success and these were all major attractions for me in moving from Somerset.

"I needed a fresh challenge to test myself and see how good I can be. I've got high aspirations and I'm hoping that by being here and working with all involved on and off the pitch I can achieve those dreams."

England are 1.50 to win the first Test of their three-match series against Pakistan, which starts on Wednesday. The tourists are currently at 4.00 with the draw a 7.00 shot.

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