Saturday 21


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.

More Cricket


Lancashire chief supports fresh ECB plan

20th April 2018, 12:51

The ECB's revolutionary plan for a 100-ball-a-side format in its new franchise tournament, from 2020, has been backed by Lancashire.


Cricket Australia await recommendations on new coach

20th April 2018, 12:26

Cricket Australia will announce their decision on Darren Lehmann's replacement as men's national team coach "in the coming weeks".


Surrey ready to offer Warner and Smith a fresh start

19th April 2018, 11:35

Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto has revealed he wants to explore the possibility of signing Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner.


Sledging not important to Australia - Paine

19th April 2018, 11:21

Australia's new captain Tim Paine has revealed sledging will not be as prominent in the team going forward.


Coaching role for Smith

18th April 2018, 13:46

Former England batsman Ed Smith will replace James Whittaker as the new national team selector, according to reports.


Australia set to turn to Langer

18th April 2018, 13:43

Australia are reportedly set to replace the outgoing head coach Darren Lehmann with Justin Langer.

Recent Sport Headlines

Match Previews

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

20th April 2018, 22:47

Manchester United and Tottenham will meet in an FA Cup tie for the 11th time, with both teams having progressed five times each.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Gross delighted by first campaign in England

20th April 2018, 22:17

Pascal Gross said his first year at Brighton and Hove Albion couldn't have gone much better as he took the player-of-the-season award.

Match Previews

Manchester City v Swansea City

20th April 2018, 19:50

Swansea will be looking to spoil Manchester City’s party when they travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Match Previews

Stoke City v Burnley

20th April 2018, 19:41

Stoke will be looking to win their first match in 10 attempts when they host high-flying Burnley on Sunday.

Match Previews

Arsenal v West Ham United

20th April 2018, 19:30

Arsene Wenger will take charge of Arsenal for the first time since he revealed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Huddersfield Town

Hoyle - Safe standing not a priority for Huddersfield

20th April 2018, 19:23

Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle insists the club will not be pushing for safe standing to be introduced in the Premier League.

Match Previews

Chelsea v Southampton

20th April 2018, 19:15

Southampton will look to take the pressure of their relegation scrap by reaching the FA Cup final ahead of Chelsea this weekend.


Klopp tempted to make alterations

20th April 2018, 19:02

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is considering his options ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion.