England debutant Jamie Overton regrettably misses history in New Zealand Test


Jamie Overton is having a fantastic debut. England quick dismissed Devon Conway and then scored 97 with bat

England quick Jamie Overton came just three runs short in creating history when he played his Test debut against New Zealand at Headingley.

Overton had a remarkable innings for England. He teamed up with Jonny Bairstow in a spectacular 241-run partnership to save his side from the collapse of their top-order. Bairstow joined him at the crease when England was in serious trouble at 55.6 and he batted brilliantly.

Overton missed out on a debut century, and was caught at slip by Trent Boult, for 97. This would have been Overton’s second century. He also joined an exclusive club after he picked up a wicket in his debut.

Only one Englishman has ever scored 100 runs and taken a wicket in their Test debut. That was W.G. Grace was back in 1880, in the first Test in England. Grace, along with Edward, opened the batting on that occasion and scored 152 in England’s first innings. They made 420.

After taking his seventh wicket in Test cricket, Grace dismissed William Moule for six. Australia were bowled out at 149. He was then asked to continue. Grace picked up two more wickets and scored an unbeaten nine in his second innings. England won comfortably by five wickets.

Although Overton missed out on a much-deserved century, his innings were crucial for England. Headingley erupted to cheer him as he left the field.

The 28-year old has worked hard to improve his batsmanship and was in great form at the County Championship. He has taken 21 wickets at 21.61 and also scored 212 runs at 53. Surrey assistant coach Azhar Mahmood thinks he can become a great batsman. “one of the best allrounders in the world”.

Talk to ESPNcricinfoMahmood stated: “I spoke to him about his batting. I said you remind me of myself, you have exactly the role I used to have.

“To help build an order lower down the order. He agreed. He can be a great allrounder with that kind of batting.

“I really haven’t done that much with him. Jamie Overton is special. He is a diamond. All we’ve done is to cut and polish him a little.”