CRAIG OVERTON secured a memorable and vastly important first Take a look at wicket when he bowled Steve Smith for 40.
It was the primary time England dismissed Smith within the collection – and it got here after a concerted marketing campaign of sledging and basic irritation in direction of the Aussie skipper.
It was a transparent recreation plan to attempt to get below Smith’s pores and skin and never give him a second’s peace.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson exchanged verbals with him and Anderson obtained in his approach by fielding on the sting of the pitch close to the non striker’s finish.
Smith’s departure went a way in direction of justifying Joe Root’s massive gamble of selecting to bowl first.
However, with Australia 209-Four on the shut of day one of many Second Take a look at, the primary pink ball match in Ashes historical past, the steadiness of energy appeared to be leaning in direction of Australia.
Overton was handed his worldwide debut when England omitted Jake Ball from the group that misplaced by ten wickets in Brisbane.
He bowled properly sufficient after which, with the opening supply of his third spell, he squeezed the ball by way of Smith’s defences and onto the stumps by way of the pad.
After he scored a match-defining century on the Gabba, England would have settled eradicating Smith for simply 40.
England bowled too quick within the early exchanges and their first breakthrough got here courtesy of a run out when Moeen Ali misfielded at mid-off, Chris Woakes retrieved the free ball and threw down the stumps.
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Cameron Bancroft had been sold down the river by David Warner changing his mind – he called “yes”, started to run and then stopped – and was a couple of feet short of the line at the bowler’s end.
The dangerous Warner reached 47 before nicking off to Woakes.
Usman Khawaja was badly dropped by Mark Stoneman at deep backward square leg on 44 but it did not prove to be too costly.
Left-handed Khawaja was well held in the gully by James Vince off Anderson.
Overton removed Smith but the ugly and unorthodox Peter Handscomb and left-handed Shaun Marsh started building another useful partnership.