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Overton to miss Melbourne contest

13th January 2018, 15:01 by James Mason

Craig Overton is out of England's fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne after being struck down with a rib injury.

Overton made his England debut in the second Test defeat in Adelaide and he claimed the scalp of Australia captain Steve Smith in what is one of the rare positives for the tourists during the tour Down Under.

However, the 23-year-old, who has taken six wickets at an average of 37.66, picked up a rib problem during that defeat at the Adelaide Oval before aggravating the injury further at the WACA.

The Somerset ace has now been ruled out of contention for the fourth Test and there are huge doubts whether he will be back to full fitness in time for the finale in Sydney.

Overton's absence could open the door for Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane to make his debut, although there are reports the 20-year-old is already in line to replace under-fire Moeen Ali.

England's other pace options come in the shape of Jake Ball, Tom Curran and Mark Wood.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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