English cricket team can see the first set of twins in the national team

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Craig Overton vividly remembers childhood summers with twin brother Jamie local cricket club where his father used to play.

Sometimes they would be entangled in the net for seven to eight hours. Other times they used to play different ball games next to the cricket field.

They will always be competing, “trying to outdo each other,” as Craig puts it.

“That,” he said on Tuesday, “is probably why we’ve gotten to where we really are.”

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Craig Overton, left and Jamie Overton of England during a net session at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, before the third Test against England.
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Not only did they grow into full-fledged English county cricketers, Craig and Jamie are now in the same england test team, They could become the first set of twins to play in the same international team for England if they are picked against New Zealand for the third Test starting at Headingley on Thursday.

“It’s pretty phenomenal, really,” Craig said.

Sibling rivalry still exists.

Only two weeks earlier, 28-year-old Overton went head-to-head in an English County Championship match – Craig plays for Somerset and Jamie plays for Surrey, both as fast bowlers – and Jamie sent a fierce bouncer that struck Craig. hit. He put on the helmet and worked to move it.

Indeed, Craig had to pass a Test on Tuesday to make sure he was fit to play against New Zealand.

“I think you’re always going to have a little extra spice in any sibling rivalry,” Jamie said. “Knowing me and Craig, we’re probably more spicier than a lot of people.

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“It’s always a little hot when we play each other but it’s a competitive edge. That’s a good thing.”

Craig Overton, left and Jamie Overton of England during a net session at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, before the third Test against England.

Craig Overton, left and Jamie Overton of England during a net session at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, before the third Test against England.
(Tim Goode/PA via AP)

This is the first time Jamie has been called up by the England Test team and his brother’s presence has made the adjustment a bit easier. The squad met to play golf on Monday and were scheduled to train on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Jamie has been rewarded for taking 21 wickets at an average of 21.61 for Surrey this season, with Precision’s decision to shorten his run-up and make him a bit more explosive to pay off .

“It felt really easy and really comfortable,” Jamie said.

When it comes to fast bowling, Craig is the more experienced and reliable of the twins, having taken 402 wickets in first-class cricket – almost double that of Jamie. He has eight Test caps to his name and has been in the team for the first two matches. series against new zealand – both won by England – without actually playing.

It would need Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad – one of two experienced England fast bowlers – for the Overton brothers to receive the call. It is not out of the realm of possibility, given that the series is already over and it is the start of a long summer of cricket.

England captain Ben Stokes, who did not train as a precaution on Tuesday, reported feeling unwell throughout the session.

Twin brothers Craig (R) and Jamie Overton pose for a picture during the nets before the third Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley on June 21, 2022 in Leeds, England.

Twin brothers Craig (R) and Jamie Overton pose for a picture during the nets before the third Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley on June 21, 2022 in Leeds, England.
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Suddenly, the chances of Craig and Jamie playing in the same England team have increased.

And if it does, expect Craig — the bigger of the two in three minutes — to be the boss.

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“I’m smart,” he said with a laugh. “I just say I’m older, not how much.”