Smith falls early as Eng­land’s young

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - RICHARD EARLE

JAMES An­der­son had la­belled Aus­tralia “bul­lies” and vowed to fight fire with fire in the sec­ond Test but it was Eng­land’s young bucks who picked up the pink-ball slack at Adelaide Oval.

Debu­tant Craig Over­ton achieved a feat that eluded Eng­land in its 10-wicket first-Test loss at the ’ Gabba, dis­miss­ing Aus­tralian skip­per Steve Smith (40) with an off-cut pearler.

Over­ton (1-47) was se­lected as a project player this Ashes but has come a long way from the kid who al­legedly hurled a racial in­sult at Sus­sex’s Ashar Zaidi in 2015. Over­ton is shy of twin Jamie’s 150km/h ex­press pace but had a se­ri­ous case of white line fever to tame.

Over­ton, 23, was the point of dif­fer­ence Eng­land missed in Bris­bane where Jake Ball was pre­ferred, us­ing his 196cm height to gain steep bounce that trou­bled Aus­tralia’s bats.

“He has been im­pres­sive, Over­ton, with that bounce off the pitch, sur­prised them,” said leg-spin great and Chan­nel Nine com­men­ta­tor Shane Warne.

Over­ton and Chris Woakes (1-50) were Eng­land’s most im­pres­sive bowlers in last month’s pink ball warm-up against the Cricket Aus­tralia XI in Adelaide and held their end of the bar­gain as backup for An­der­son (1-45) and Stu­art Broad (0-39).

“Woakes has been more the crick­eter we have seen the last cou­ple of years, his pace has been up, bowled well,” said Warne of Woakes who snared

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