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New and improved Jamie Overton tipped to be ‘one of the best allrounders in the world’

Jamie Overton has been an extended, very long time coming. Having impressed at U-19 degree a decade in the past, and been first known as as much as an England squad in 2013, and regardless of being a near-permanent presence on England’s radar, he solely makes his England debut at the moment, at Headingley.
The tempo has at all times stored them however, this season, a confluence of occasions has lastly thrust him into the limelight correct. England are lacking, by way of damage, practically a complete XI of quick bowlers, however Overton’s performances this season for Surrey imply he would’ve been beeping brightly on that radar in any case.
He has been the standout English quick bowler on the circuit; his strike price of 38.3 is bettered solely by his twin brother Craig (min. 5 matches), however it’s – once more, nonetheless – the tempo that has individuals cooing. He is picked up a good haul of wickets, however there’s been as a lot pleasure in regards to the hustle and risk of his bouncers. In some dispatches he is stated to have been 10mph faster than every other bowler round him.
It’s in stark distinction to the determined wrestle of final season, by which Overton picked up six wickets at 75 in eight video games. The inconsistency has been a theme however, this season, beneath the watchful eye of Azhar Mahmood, there are indicators that could be altering.

Mahmood has quietly constructed up a powerful teaching profession, with worldwide expertise with Pakistan burnished by stints within the Pakistan Tremendous League – most lately as head coach at Islamabad United. As an interim assistant coach at Surrey, he has taken on Overton as a private challenge and early outcomes, after somewhat technical tweaking, have been spectacular.

“The very first thing we did with him was to scale back his run-up,” Mahmood says. “We lowered it from 24 yards or in order that it was earlier than to round 18 now. He was shedding momentum when he was working in for these final strides to the popping crease, the place you truly should construct that momentum up.”

Due to that loss in momentum, Mahmood explains, he wasn’t following by way of in direction of his goal correctly. “Whenever you drive your hip by way of within the motion, you switch weight and convey your hip ahead, for the follow-through. He was stopping somewhat however when you watch now, he will get nearer to the batsman. He’s taller on the crease now.”

Mahmood is meticulous on the subject of pondering by way of bowling actions, although he is cautious to not tinker an excessive amount of. His telephone is a video treasure trove of bowlers and bowling actions from his work all over the world; little suggestions that he is given them, minor tweaks he is made, hours he is spent simply watching and logging.

He recognized Overton’s run-up as a primary trigger for the inconsistency in his launch and motion, which might end in him usually straying down legside. However pre-season work introduced some quick outcomes. After shortening the run-up, Mahmood requested Overton to notice what number of balls he bowls down the legside. Overton bowled to Hashim Amla within the nets someday for half an hour and Mahmood remembers solely two balls that Amla might play by way of the legside. Amla was impressed and puzzled whether or not Overton might maintain that consistency.

“Now you may see, it is half a season gone and he is been sustaining it,” Mahmood stated. “Due to his tempo that inconsistency can creep in. At that tempo, day could be a nice day, however a nasty day a really poor one. Should you’re barely off line at that tempo, you go for runs. Jamie’s getting that consistency now. He is nonetheless a piece in progress. That can preserve going. However this season I believe individuals have seen the most effective of him.”

Mahmood remembers, particularly, Overton’s first recreation this season. Having been rested for tactical causes for Surrey’s season-opener, Overton blew away Hampshire with an eight-wicket haul at The Oval. The efficiency had all of the basic actually fast-bowling dismissals: an outswinger that hit the stumps, bouncers from around the wicket, yorkers after which, a sustained short-pitched assault within the second innings. The pace gun, Mahmood says, clocked him at 92mph at one level.
The one wicket he remembers, although, is from the Somerset recreation: Matt Renshaw bowled from over the wicket, leaving a full ball that swung in late and fast. “Danday uraa diye [blew away his sticks],” Mahmood says.
Mahmood has been nearly as excited by Overton’s batting this season, not least in a recreation in opposition to Kent the place he watched in awe as Overton hit a 92-ball 93. He sees a little bit of himself within the batting: Mahmood hit three Take a look at a whole lot, all in opposition to robust South African assaults, two in South Africa and from seven and eight within the order. He averaged practically 32 in first-class cricket.

“I spoke to him about his batting,” he says. “I stated you remind me of myself, you’ve got precisely the position I used to have. To assist construct an innings decrease down within the order. I stated to him that is the position. With that batting this man may be among the best allrounders on the earth.

“I actually have not finished that a lot with him. Jamie Overton is particular. He’s a diamond. All we have finished is to chop and polish him somewhat.”

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