England call up Overton, Bess for South Africa Tests.


LONDON -- England have called up fast bowler Craig Overton and off-spinner Dominic Bess as cover for the upcoming four-match Test series in South Africa due to illness to their key players in the camp. The Somerset duo is expected to reach Johannesburg on Saturday morning. The move comes after pacemen Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer and left-arm spinner Jack Leach were reported to have been struggling with illness, resulting in England's practice match against South Africa A, beginning 20 December, being played without first-class status. Cricket South Africa confirmed on Thursday, 19 December that it has accepted England's request to change the match status for the Benoni fixture from first-class to a non-first-class friendly game. As per the revised rules, any 11 players will be allowed to bat or bowl, enabling the players to participate in the game midway...

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