Craig Overton takes 4-48 to outdo England Test rival Ollie Robinson

Craig Overton takes 4-48 to outdo his England Test rival Ollie Robinson in a Lions warm-up game against South Africa… with both seamers vying for the SAME spot in Brendon McCullum’s side to face the Proteas next week

  • Craig Overton out-performs his fellow England Test side hopeful Ollie Robinson 
  • Robinson aims to reinstate himself with the ball after returning his latest injury
  • The Sussex seamer has not featured for the senior team since the Ashes  

Ollie Robinson was out-bowled by fellow Test hopeful Craig Overton in his bid to return to international cricket next week.

Sussex seamer Robinson, aiming to put a catalogue of fitness issues behind him by winning a first cap since the Ashes eight months ago, got through 19 overs for England Lions at Canterbury, claiming the scalps of Sarel Erwee and Rassie van der Dussen.

But it was team-mate Overton, also in England’s 14-man squad for the first Test against South Africa, that put down a marker for Lord’s should the selectors consider changing their bowling line-up.

Craig Overton out-bowled Test rival Ollie Robinson against South Africa taking 4-48

Overton took a pair of wickets either side of lunch to strengthen his case for a Test spot

Overton claimed four wickets either side of lunch – aided by two outstanding catches from wicketkeeper Sam Billings and a one-handed slip grab by Will Jacks – as the South Africans stumbled from 85 without loss to 129 for five after winning the toss in a match without first-class status.

They recovered to 282 for six by the close on day one thanks to half-centuries from Van der Dussen and Khaya Zondo.

Players from both sides sported black armbands to mark the passing of ex-South African umpire Rudi Koertzen, who died in a car crash at the age of 73.

Koertzen, famous for his slow-motion dismissal finger, was the first official to stand in 300 internationals and removed the bails to signal England’s historic Ashes series win in 2005.

Meanwhile, the ECB are searching for a new women’s head coach after Australian Lisa Keightley said she would not seek to extend her contract when it runs out next month.

Robinson – returning from injury – took the scalps of Sarel Erwee and Rassie van der Dussen




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