Overton: Short-ball barrage was ‘good fun’


England seamer Craig Overton admits he had not faced a barrage of short balls like he did on Test debut in Adelaide but said it was ‘good fun’ and enjoyed the experience.

Somerset allrounder Overton had an impressive maiden performance in the longest format taking four wickets in the game and top-scoring in England’s first innings but couldn’t prevent his side from going two-nil down in the series.

All three of the home side’s pacemen gave Overton a good work-out with short-pitched deliveries and he admitted it was different from first-class cricket.

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Overton said: “I’ve probably not been peppered like that in first-class cricket before. You might come up against one fast bowler in each side in a county game, but to have three like that is tough work.

“But you have to expect that in Australia. I knew what I was getting into going out to bat in the middle. You could tell from the field; especially when Pat Cummins came around the wicket at me. I was pretty much waiting for it.

“I think you have to enjoy it. It was good fun and I felt like I played it pretty well.”

The 23-year-old also bowled 33 overs in Australia first innings, the most he had ever bowled in a first-class match, and says he will have to get used to being out in the field for that long if he wants to be successful at Test level.

Overton added: “It is not common to field for 150 overs in first-class cricket back home. And to bowl that amount of overs was a challenge. But it’s one I have to get used to.

“I know I’m not the quickest – I am the first to admit that – so for me it’s all about control and little variations. The bad balls are going to be put away. It’s all about doing the basics right.”

Overton will not play in England’s two-day game against a Cricket Australia XI this week as he rests up ahead of the must-win third Ashes Test starting at the WACA on 14 December.