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Overton praised for gutsy performance

16th December 2017, 11:58 by Neil Foster

Craig Overton played through the pain barrier and bowled with a cracked rib as England suffered on day three of the third Ashes Test.

The 23-year-old picked up the injury on day two at the Waca when diving to catch a ball while he was also struck in the ribs when batting.

However, having taken some painkillers, the Somerset man has bowled 23 overs to date in Australia’s first innings, taking 2-102.

He was as ineffective as any of the other Three Lions' bowlers on Saturday as the Aussies amassed 549-4, with captain Steve Smith unbeaten on 229 and Mitchell Marsh 181 not out.

On a damaging day for England’s chances of retaining the Ashes, Overton's refusal to give in despite obvious discomfort was one positive for England's assistant coach Paul Farbrace.

"He's in a lot of pain. He is suffering but he is such a gutsy lad," he told BT Sport. "He's playing his first Test series, he's desperate to play for England and to do well and he stayed on the field.

"To go through what he has gone through in the last couple of days and to still be out there bowling - even at the end he dived for one and Rooty suggested to him that he came off but he was having none of it - that tells you a lot about him."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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