Craig Overton takes wicket of Steve Smith in England and Ashes test debut
PUBLISHED: 14:15 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 02 December 2017
North Devon and Somerset bowler gets key wicket on opening day of second Ashes Test in Adelaide
Craig Overton won’t forget his England test debut in a hurry.
After being called up to the England XI for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, the North Devon and Somerset seamer justified the decision midway through the third session, taking the wicket of Australia captain Steve Smith.
In his first ball of a new spell, Overton squeezed an off-cutter between Smith’s bat and pad to send the bails flying, sparking huge celebrations.
After losing out to Jake Ball for a place in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, Overton was brought back in for the Adelaide Test – the first ever day/night Ashes match - in place of the Nottinghamshire bowler.
He bowled three maidens from his 17 overs, going for 47 runs.
After taking the wicket of Smith with the score at 161-4, Australia dug deep to finish on 209-4 and edge the day’s play.
Overton revealed he worked out how best to bowl at Smith.
“There was 1/8 a plan 3/8 to go straight at him,” he said.
“We thought we could keep him quiet doing that, and then one went through him a little bit quicker, and beat him for pace.
“He was saying I was slow, so it was nice that I beat him for pace.”
Overton’s twin brother and fellow England hopeful Jamie was not in the crowd, recovering back home from injury, but their parents were.
Asked what the occasion will mean to him and his family, the 23-year-old said: “It’s massive.
“For me personally, my dream was always to play for England - and to play for a Test team against Australia in Australia is special.
“You can’t really put it into words what it means, and it was nice my folks were here to see it.
“I hope I’ve made them proud.”