Over­ton not slow to claim Smith scalp

Sunday Sun - - Cricket -

CRAIG Over­ton had the last laugh on Steve Smith after he bagged the Aus­tralian cap­tain as his maiden Test wicket.

Over­ton de­scribed his Eng­land de­but in the in­au­gu­ral day-night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval as a life­long dream come true – and it was one capped with a sec­ond spe­cial mo­ment when he bowled the world’s num­ber one bats­man.

The Som­er­set seamer re­vealed af­ter­wards there was a fur­ther el­e­ment to his joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion too, be­cause Smith had told him on day one of this sec­ond Test that he was slow.

After Eng­land had mus­tered only par­tial vin­di­ca­tion at best of Joe Root’s de­ci­sion to bowl first, by re­strict­ing their hosts to 209 for four at the close, Over­ton re­vealed he worked out how best to bowl at Smith.

“There was [a plan] 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 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, he 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.”

Smith, like David Warner, fell nar­rowly short of 50 in a home in­nings con­tain­ing just one half-cen­tury so far – from Us­man Khawaja (53).

There was pre­dictably, in a se­ries al­ready char­ac­terised by ver­bal spats on and off the pitch, more of the same be­tween Smith and Eng­land pace bowlers James An­der­son and Stu­art Broad.

Over­ton was un­able to pro­vide much in the way of eye­wit­ness ac­count, though.

“I was on the bound­ary, so I don’t know too much,” he said.

“It looked like they got un­der his skin, but he still got 40.” Craig Over­ton cel­e­brates dis­miss­ing Steve Smith

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