Craig Overton sustains a rib injury in the third Ashes Test
Overton has been the pick of the bowlers so far for England.
Published - Dec 16, 2017 2:06 pm | Updated - Dec 16, 2017 2:06 pm
England bowler Craig Overton has sustained a hairline cracked rib in the ongoing third Ashes Test in Perth at the WACA on the third day. He was struck in the ribs while batting against Pat Cummins in the second innings of the second Test in Adelaide. He was also uncomfortable while bowling in the late stages of the second day itself but came out to bowl for his team by taking some pain relief tablets. However, has opted to play on in the third Test in Perth despite being diagnosed with a cracked rib.
Overton has been the best bowler in the game so far for the poms and had scalped the openers early to keep the hosts under the lid. But his bowling wasn’t backed up by the other bowlers who struggled with their line and length on a flat pitch. Overton though has bowled his heart out without any further success to his name as his team has lacked the intent with the bowl in hand. His decision to continue playing in the ongoing third Test is a really brave one as the injury might exaggerate more as he bowls more now.
Australia dominating in Perth
Sky Sports News confirmed the news of Craig Overton getting injured as the England team management also agreed to it. It remains to be seen though if he will play the remainder of the Test series. While England are struggling with the issues, Australia have raced their way past their first innings score quite easily. Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh have piled on the runs by adding more than 200 runs for the fifth wicket. The former has also brought up his second double century in Test career.
Even Marsh, on his home ground, notched up his maiden Test hundred on his comeback to the Test side. England have looked out of ideas as they have toiled hard under the beating sun for no success. The lead is growing on them and there is every possibility that Aussies might score over 600 runs now. The Ashes are on the line and the second innings is going to be extremely difficult for them.