A family affair – English cricket’s brothers in arms

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Jamie Overton has joined twin Craig in the England Test squad for next week’s clash against New Zealand at Headingley.

Should Jamie take the field in Leeds, they would become the first ever twins to play men’s cricket for England, with Jill and Jane Powell having done so for the women’s team.

But there have already been a handful of brothers over the years. Here, the PA news agency looks at some of those who have gone before.

Tom and Sam Curran

Sam (left) and Tom (right) celebrate with Surrey.
Sam (left) and Tom (right) celebrate with Surrey (Steve Paston/PA)

Adam and Ben Hollioake

Older brother Adam was an innovative and respected captain of Surrey, briefly enjoying some success as England’s one-day skipper. He managed four Tests and 35 ODI appearances but never quite managed to make his mark in the international arena. He, and many others, believes younger brother Ben would have done just that had he not been tragically killed in a car accident aged 24. The pair made a cherished Test debut together at Trent Bridge in 1997.

Chris and Robin Smith

Robin Smith was one of England's finest players of the 90s.
Robin Smith was one of England’s finest players of the 90s (Gareth Copley/PA)

Tony and Ian Greig

Tony Greig batting for Sussex.
Tony Greig batting for Sussex (PA Archive)

WG, Edward and George Grace

WG Grace is one of the most recognisable cricketers in history.
WG Grace is one of the most recognisable cricketers in history (PA Archive)

Other family ties

The Overtons join an England set-up that includes three players following in their father’s footsteps. Stuart Broad has outshone the achievements of current ICC match referee Chris, Jonny Bairstow carries the torch for the late David and white-ball international David Willey is picking up where former umpire Peter left off as a player.

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