Craig Overton to replace injured Liam Plunkett for New Zealand ODIs

Craig Overton was part of the England's squad in the recently concluded Ashes tour of Australia
Craig Overton was part of the England's squad in the recently concluded Ashes tour of Australia
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England have called-up Somerset speedster Craig Overton as a replacement for injured Liam Plunkett for the upcoming One-Day International series against New Zealand.

Plunkett failed to recover from a hamstring injury that he sustained in the third ODI against Australia in Sydney and was subsequently ruled out of the Twenty20 International Tri-Series that also includes the Black Caps.

Overton has played two Tests for England - both coming in their recent Ashes tour of Australia and has scored 62 runs and picked six wickets in it and overall has 58 wickets from 51 List-A games.

Meanwhile, England coach Trevor Bayliss has already indicated that Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is unlikely for the opening game of the series.

"Ben has fitted right back in and it only seems like yesterday that he went away," said Bayliss.

"It will take a while for him to get up to speed and we will have to make a decision.

"I think [the first ODI] might be a bit early for him - and as we won our last series 4-1 [against Australia] there might not be a spot for him!

"We are just going to have to play it by ear."

The five-match series will be played between 25th February and 10th March following which England and New Zealand will compete in two Tests in Auckland and Christchurch.

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