Craig Overton celebrates Bancroft's wicket    Getty Images
Craig Overton celebrates Bancroft’s wicket Getty Images

Craig Overton continued his stellar form in the 2017-18 Ashes. After David Warner and Cameron Bancroft took Australia to a steady start, Overton rattled them with top-class pace-bowling. Australia trail by 315 runs at tea on Day Two of the third Ashes Test.

The English pacers could get enough purchase off the wicket. That being said, neither did Australia look eager to make an impact. Warner and Bancroft waited for bad deliveries, something that James Anderson and Stuart Broad do not have a reputation for. The second session in fact ran slow.

Overton looked ineffective as well, but he kept bowling in the right areas. Losing concentration, Warner poked a length ball outside off. Overton, again, provided a breakthrough.

Overton did the same to Steven Smith, but the Australian captain has a class of his own. He shuffled across and did what he does the best: he painted two cover drives and a punch down the ground to delight the spectators. However, Overton bowled in the same channel. Playing for an away-going delivery, Bancroft misplaced his front foot and got trapped LBW. England took a referral after Marius Erasmus turned it down. The third umpire requested the Erasmus to overturn his decision to give the England bowler his second wicket: the ball would have hit the top of off-stump.

England 403 (Mark Stoneman 56, Dawid Malan 140, Jonny Bairstow 119; Mitchell Starc 4 for 91, Josh Hazlewood 3 for 92) lead Australia 88 for 2 (Cameron Bancroft 25, Steven Smith 24*; Craig Overton 2 for 31) by 315 runs.

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