Craig's Ashes Diary: Part Five

Craig Overton has been keeping Somerset supporters up to date with all the action from Down-Under this winter with his Ashes Diary.

Here is the latest installment:

“Well, this week has been very disappointing to say the least. We lost the Ashes and I’ve managed to cause a hairline fracture to one of my ribs! The week began with the build up to the third Test at the WACA like any normal game, with a big net session two days out and then a lighter session the day before the game started.

“Contrary to what was said on social media, my ribs were feeling fine from the blow the week before in Adelaide and I was bowling off a full run like normal. There was no pain and I was taking nothing to easy any pain.

“The game got off to a good start for us, scoring 400 runs in the first innings. I only managed two but the WACA pitch is completely different to anything I’ve ever played on, with its fast pace and such steep bounce.”

“Then came our time to bowl. My first spell was a really enjoyable one and I picked up a couple of wickets but then I tried to dive and catch one off my own bowling and landed on my ribs which caused me some discomfort. The third ball of the following spell was when it really caused me pain. I tried to bowl a bouncer and something just went.

“I’ve never felt a pain like it before. It completely knocked the wind out of me! I went off for some treatment and had an ultrasound scan at the time which showed a minor fracture. I had a couple of choices, sit out and let the lads play or get out there with some heavy painkillers and try and help out as much as possible. I took the second option and it was an easy decision.

“Smith and Marsh both batted beautifully and took the game away from us, but we still felt confident that we could save the game. It obviously didn’t go to plan and the Ashes have gone to Australia for a couple of years.

“It was disappointing to see the Test at the WACA end in such a controversial way with the drying of the wicket by about six or seven leaf blowers. Somehow the covers had leaked overnight and there were five little wet patches on the wicket. It felt almost like playing at a club ground back in England with a few dry patches and a few wet ones.

“Then it was on to Melbourne where we were greeted by a huge thunderstorm! It feels like the wet weather has followed us everywhere in Australia. 

“I hope everyone back home has a lovely Christmas and New Year and that you all enjoy the celebrations.

“It certainly doesn’t feel like Christmas out here when its 25 degrees most days!”

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