Overton confident he can deliver if called on

Somerset seamer Craig Overton is hopeful that he will earn a Test debut in Brisbane against Australia and is confident he can deliver the goods.

Overton took 3 for 15 in the fourth innings of England’s 192-run victory over a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday.

Jake Ball’s injury appears to have catapulted Overton into the best XI available and the young man has been impressive on the tour so far.

He is however under no illusions when it comes to the work he still needs to put in to be a success in Test cricket.

Overton told Sky Sports:  “I would like to think so, but I have still got a bit of work to do. It is still a work in progress but I am taking that as it comes.

“I think there is always going to be massive pressure on the bowling, even if we had everyone fully fit. The people who are fit are going to have to step forward and make the most of it.

“It is just making sure that I bowl the best I can when I get the chance and hopefully that is good enough. I feel confident that it is good enough, so it is just making sure I take the chance when it comes.”

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With one warm-up game left ahead of the first Test at the GABBA on November 23 Overton said that it would be ideal for the tourists to face some more threatening bowling but conceded it was unlikely to happen.

He added: “You would obviously like to face probably a little bit quicker bowling and get used to what we are likely to face in the Test match.

“But that is the way it goes sometimes.

“I think we would all like a harder game but we might play well and win easily again. It is just making sure when we play we are on top and dominating the game.”