Craig makes Instant Impact on Test Debut
Today has been an historic day for Somerset County Cricket Club as Craig Overton became the 681st player to play Test cricket for England. Craig is also the first Somerset fast bowler since Richard Johnson in 2003 to play for England.
Before the start of the 2nd Ashes Test in Adelaide, the 23-year-old from North Devon got the nod ahead of Jake Ball and was presented with his England cap by John Emburey.
Somerset fans are well aware of what Craig is capable of and today he got his chance on the big stage and grabbed it with both hands.
After England won the toss and elected to field, he was forced to wait for his first ball in Test cricket as two rain breaks stopped play with James Anderson and Stuart Broad still in the attack. After a testing first two spells without reward, Overton made a crucial breakthrough with the first ball of his third. With the Australian Captain Steve Smith looking dangerous on 40, he produced a magic ball which nipped back sharply and crashed into Smith’s off stump via the front pad, sparking joyous celebrations.
Overton became the first man to bowl Steve Smith in a Test match in Australia since Trent Boult did so for New Zealand in November 2015. He had faced 2,131 balls since then.
Craig continued bowling a probing line and length as the floodlights took effect and bowled a lengthy spell in which he was perhaps unfortunate not to make further inroads into the Australian batting line-up. He ended the day with figures of 1/47 from 17 overs, which included 3 maidens.
The whole of the Somerset cricketing family were following closely from afar with hundreds of fans sending in messages of support for Craig via social media. Somerset County Cricket Club would like to wish Craig all the very best for the remainder of the Test match.
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