Jamie Overton Can Become One Of The Best All-Rounders: Azhar Mahmood

Jamie Overton Can Become One Of The Best All-Rounders: Azhar Mahmood

The ongoing test series between England and New Zealand has been a fascinating one. It has been a show of high-voltage drama, as both teams have been at their best. England already have the series in their bag, as they have won both the test matches before this. The third test match has had one change in the England squad. Jamie Overton makes his debut replacing the veteran James Anderson.

Anderson was facing an injury scare and the English team didn’t warn to risk their pace spearhead’s fitness. Overton has been knocking on the selector’s door for long time, and it’s a much-deserved debut for him. England have nearly a whole team of fast bowlers out due to injury. This list includes the likes of Jofra Archer and Sam Curran.

Overton has produced impressive returns for Surrey in the country cricket, which put him on the radar for selection. He has repaid the faith shown in him by the selectors, as he scored 97 runs in the first innings at Leeds. He missed out on a century by just 3 runs, but he won’t be as disappointed since he was able to put his team in a good position. The partnership between Bairstow and him saved the hosts from a batting collapse.

Azhar Mahmood has coached Overton this season, and he has made sure that the 28-year-old is a lot more consistent than his earlier days. Mahmood spoke on how they have worked with Overton, trying to bring out his best on the highest level.

Run-up was one of the problems with Overton’s bowling: Mahmood

“The first thing we did with him was to reduce his run-up,” Mahmood says. “We reduced it from 24 yards or so that it was before to around 18 now. He was losing momentum when he was running in for those last strides to the popping crease, where you actually have to build that momentum up.”

Now you can see, it’s half a season gone and he’s been sustaining it,” Mahmood said. “Because of his pace that inconsistency can creep in. At that pace, a good day can be a great day, but a bad day a very poor one. If you’re slightly off line at that pace, you go for runs. Jamie’s getting that consistency now. He’s still a work in progress. That will keep going. But this season I think people have seen the best of him.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.