England call up Craig Overton and Sam Curran to bolster ODI pace attack

David Clough 20:13 20/06/2018
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England pacer Craig Overton.

England have bolstered their squad with the addition of extra seamers Craig Overton and Sam Curran as they bid for an unprecedented 5-0 one-day international whitewash of Australia.

Eoin Morgan’s men wrapped up the series by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead at Trent Bridge, where they overwhelmed their Ashes rivals with a new world-record total of 481 for six.

The resulting victory by 242 runs, after Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali shared seven wickets, was both England’s most emphatic ever in ODIs and Australia’s heaviest defeat.

England have, however, decided they need extra pace-bowling options with two more matches to come in four days, starting at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the contingency on Wednesday.

A short update read: “Surrey’s Sam Curran and Somerset’s Craig Overton have been called up from the Lions to join England’s squad for the final two Royal London ODIs against Australia.

“Both players will travel to Chester-le-Street today and will be available for selection on Thursday at Emirates Riverside and the final match of the series at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday, providing additional fast-bowling options.”

Uncapped left-armer Curran therefore joins his brother Tom in an England squad for the first time – having been named alongside him the previous day in the 14 chosen for forthcoming Twenty20s against Australia and India – while Overton is also yet to make his ODI debut.

The double call-up is no surprise after Morgan warned about the potential danger of over-bowling a pace attack staffed by Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and David Willey.

He said after Tuesday night’s remarkable victory: “I think with only a day (before) the next game, it makes it more difficult for us to put out our strongest team. We’ve always looked at series like this, and games with one day in between, as quite rigorous for the bowlers.

“Their risk of injury goes through the roof. So we’ll have to see how they pull up, and what they can do.”

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