England seamer Jamie Overton is set to replace James Anderson in the third Test against the Netherlands. He will make his Test debut on Thursday at Headingly. England’s Test captain, Ben Stokes confirmed the development on Wednesday. Notably, this is the only chance England will be making in the third Test.
For the unversed, England has already sealed the series after having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series over New Zealand.
“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.
“Jamie’s been very impressive, the way that he’s bowled. We always want a point of difference in our side, bowling with serious pace and changing games as well.”
He added: “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.”
Ben Stokes himself was unwell and was unavailable from practice net on Tuesday. He joined the group on Wednesday. Notably, Ben Stokes has made a dream start to his captaincy career. He has led the team in two Tests so far and has managed to win both of them.
England won the first Test by 5 wickets and followed it with another 5-wicket win in the second Test.
Here’s a look at England’s playing XI for the Third Test:
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Matty Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, Jamie Overton