Anderson ruled out from third Test against New Zealand, Overton to debut

LEEDS: Right-arm seamer from Surrey, Jamie Overton will make his Test debut in the third and final Test against New Zealand as the veteran pacer James Anderson has been ruled out with an ankle injury, England’s Test captain Ben Stokes announced on Wednesday. 

Overton, who received a maiden call-up to the Test squad following his incredible run in the ongoing County Championship, will be replacing the injured Anderson to make his Test debut tomorrow.

“Unfortunately Jimmy’s not pulled up as well as we would have liked him too, so Jamie Overton’s going to make his debut this week,” Stokes told Sky Sports.

“It’s unfortunate for Jimmy, but we’ve got a massive test against India coming up as well. I’m not too sure how serious it is, to be honest. He’s just got a bit of a puffy ankle,” he added.

With Overton making his debut in the third Test means his brother Craig Overton will miss out to make it into the Playing XI.

“That’s the only change this week. As tempting as it was to get both twins out there playing for England, Jamie’s the only change,” Stokes announced.

It is pertinent to mention here that England have an unassailable 2-0 lead against the world Test champions, following five-wicket wins at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.

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