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Ashes 2017-18: Craig Overton in 'pole position' for England debut - Shane Bond

From BBC - November 15, 2017

Craig Overton is in "pole position" to make his England debut in next week's first Ashes Test against Australia, says bowling consultant Shane Bond.

Pace bowler Overton, 23, is vying with Jake Ball for a place in the England side, but Ball has missed the final warm-up match with an ankle injury.

"Craig is ahead because we have a guy recuperating from injury," Bond told BBC Sport.

"Jake is a little bit behind and Craig has come out and performed well."

Somerset's Overton took 2-32 on the first day of England's final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville on Wednesday.

That followed four wickets against the same opposition in Adelaide last week.

"I was pleased for Craig, that was a really good performance," added former New Zealand international Bond.

"He bowled 18 strong overs, used the short ball and created chances. He's building well and he will certainly be ready for the Test match."

If Overton does play in the first Test at the Gabba, which starts at 00:00 GMT on Thursday, 23 November, he will line-up alongside James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes in England's pace attack.

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