Smith falls early as England’s young
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