Ben Stokes' absence opens Ashes door for Craig Overton, says David Lloyd
"I should think that England, particularly in the first game, will want a long batting line-up and that puts Overton into the frame."
Last Updated: 08/11/17 9:27am
David Lloyd believes Ben Stokes' likely absence from England's Ashes squad is a great opportunity for Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton.
The uncapped 23-year-old is vying with Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball for the spot as fourth seamer in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba in Brisbane from November 23.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Lloyd said: "It [Stokes' absence] is a massive loss but I'd look at it the other way.
"It's an opportunity for somebody else and it gives Overton, who might have been thinking he was just going out to carry some drinks and get some experience, a great opportunity.
"I should think that England, particularly in the first game, will want a long batting line-up and that puts Overton into the frame. They will also probably play only one spinner, Moeen Ali, if he's fit."
Lloyd is also confident that Tom Curran will make an impression after the Surrey bowler was called up to replace the injured Steven Finn on Tuesday.
Bumble said: "I think he will really love that challenge, he looks a good cricketer to me.
"He looks clever, he comes from a great combative cricketing background. I hope he doesn't get it in his mind that he is making the numbers up."
With the possibility of one or two new faces in the side, Lloyd was asked whether there was any chance of England being wound up by Australian verbals.
"The thing I would say from Australia, is that we've heard it all before. It's like a long-playing record. Look in the mirror, get your own house in order!
"You've got to embrace it. The thing they like is that they will give it to you. They love it if you give it back, just give them a little back.
"They like it if you stand up to them and you know what they say every time? 'Good on ya mate' and they'll buy you a beer."