Full name Craig Overton
Born April 10, 1994, Barnstaple, Devon
Current age 26 years 196 days
Major teams England, Devon, Devon Under-11s, Devon Under-13s, Devon Under-15s, Devon Under-17s, Devon Under-19s, Devon Under-21s, England Lions, England Under-19s, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Education West Buckland School
Relation Twin brother - J Overton
|Test debut||Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 2-6, 2017 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Manchester, Sep 4-8, 2019 scorecard|
|Only ODI||England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, Jun 21, 2018 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton, Apr 26-29, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Essex at Lord's, Sep 23-27, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Durham v Somerset at Chester-le-Street, May 13, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Somerset at Lord's, May 25, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Somerset v Kent at Taunton, May 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Somerset v Northamptonshire at Taunton, Sep 18, 2020 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|66, 1/66, 45*, 1/37||Somerset||v Essex||Lord's||23 Sep 2020||FC|
|1/17||Somerset||v Northants||Taunton||18 Sep 2020||T20|
|3/36||Somerset||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||16 Sep 2020||T20|
|0/25, 17*||Somerset||v Worcs||Taunton||11 Sep 2020||T20|
|1, 3/40, 2, 2/40||Somerset||v Worcs||Worcester||6 Sep 2020||FC|
|0/10||Somerset||v Glamorgan||Taunton||1 Sep 2020||T20|
|2/49, 9||Somerset||v Northants||Northampton||30 Aug 2020||T20|
|32, 4/25, 5/26||Somerset||v Gloucs||Taunton||22 Aug 2020||FC|
|3/17, 25, 0/31||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||15 Aug 2020||FC|
|16, 4/12, 53, 0/40||Somerset||v Northants||Northampton||8 Aug 2020||FC|
Craig Overton, one of two Somerset fast-bowling twins, won selection for England's 2017/18 tour of Australia after an impressive county season during which, at 23, he seemed to have focused his natural aggression in a way that would enhance his career not hinder it. Overton took 46 Championship wickets at 22.39 and turned in decent limited-overs performances, too, as he threw himself into the fray. He swung the ball, his 6ft 5ins frame meant he could hit the shoulder of the bat and he was increasingly accurate. His brother Jamie was still quicker, but it was Craig, more reliable and less prone to injury, who had first stirred England's hopes. He was also called into England's limited-overs squads during the 2016 and there was disappointment at Taunton for England's first T20I there in 2017 when he did not make the XI.
Overton showed signs of developing into an England allrounder during an excellent Somerset season in 2015 which brought runs and wickets in all formats and rather too many brushes with authority for his own good. The highlight was 43 Championship wickets at 21.70, the lowlight was three brushes with umpires - the worst of them at Hove when he abused Ashar Zaidi, a Pakistan-born cricketer with a British passport. By the end of the season, it had brought him a two-match ban under the totting-up procedure and a reputation for an unbuttoned lip that was not about to go down well in high places. He claimed not to recollect his comment, but specialist one-on-one sessions with psychotherapist Abbie Kench followed, on the suggestions of Somerset's coach Matthew Maynard, leaving Overton able to join England Lions' Loughborough camp at the end of 2016 with no more transgressions on his record.
From the moment that the Overtons took the field for Somerset, English cricket has anticipated the possibility that they could become the first twins to represent England in international cricket. The nearest that has come to happening was when Eric Bedser played alongside Sir Alec Bedser only in a practice game against Tasmania on England's 1950-51 tour of Australia. It almost took place in 2015 when they were 21, both twins being called up to England's ODI squad because of injuries, but neither being selected.
The older of the Overton twins - he was born three minutes before Jamie - Craig made his way into first-class cricket a month earlier and looks to be the more polished cricketer of the pair. Although lacking some of the speed of Jamie, Craig still generates decent pace from a high action that faintly evokes Stuart Broad and appears to have to have the technique to bowl a consistently probing line and length.
Products of Instow CC, both represented Devon in age-group cricket before graduating to Somerset and the England U19 set-up in early 2012. Craig played seven Championship matches that summer, winning a place at the U19 World Cup and then the Lions tour to Australia in early 2013. While a stress fracture of the back ruined his 2013 season, he was named in the ECB Potential Emerging Player Programme in South Africa at the start of 2014 and the Lions tour to South Africa the following winter. In between times, he enjoyed a fine season with 42 first-class wickets at 28.52 apiece, including a maiden five-wicket haul - 5-63 - against Durham. He can bat, too. An innings of 86 against Sussex in 2014 was followed by 99 against Lancashire.
The twins are hard to tell apart. Jamie was generally regarded as quicker, more extrovert, more suited to Test cricket. Craig was steadier, an allrounder, better suited to one-day cricket, and more of a batsman whereas Jamie is a hitter. But it was Craig who made the greater strides, summoning spells of some hostility that might have led some to mistake him for his brother.
Overton took seven wickets in three Tests in Australia and New Zealand in 2017/18 and his combative style won respect, but England looked elsewhere throughout 2018 and he gave them limited cause to select him, a hounding of Yorkshire at Headingley and late-season hat-trick against Nottinghamshire at least securing more Lions tour recognition.