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Craig Overton called up to England ODI squad

Craig Overton waits to bowl in the nets Getty Images

Craig Overton has been drafted into England's one-day squad for the forthcoming ODI series against New Zealand, after Liam Plunkett was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Overton, 23, was selected for his Test debut against Australia during the Ashes, and made a strong impression in two appearances before being ruled out of the series after sustaining a fractured rib while batting in the third Test at Perth.

He has never yet played in England's limited-overs set-up. In 2015, Craig and his twin brother Jamie were called up to the one-day squad but did not feature against New Zealand. Last year, he was included in the T20 squad against South Africa, but was overlooked for a debut in a three-match series that included a fixture at his home ground in Taunton.

"Obviously it's really good news for me," he said. "It'll be great to get out there before the Test series starts and it'll give me the chance to get in a bit of practice and hopefully I can get selected for some of the one-dayers.

"I've been in a few one-day squads before and it's really nice to be in one again. Hopefully I'll be able to get a game and it'll be a great experience because I've never been to New Zealand before. I'm really looking forward to it."

Plunkett made his return against New Zealand in Wellington earlier this week but aggravated the problem he first suffered in the ODI in Sydney last month. He has been diagnosed with a grade one tear and, unlike when he stayed with the squad after the injury in Australia, he will now be heading home.