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Craig Overton shows guts and gumption while batsmen fail to meet expectations | Ali Martin

Somerset bowler became the first England debutant to top score from No9 for 118 years but his determined efforts were in contrast to the top order

Great Expectations, so the rather lame joke goes, is not nearly as good a read as you would hope. And it is fair to say they were in short supply when Craig Overton tramped out to the middle at 4.58pm on the third day in Adelaide with England staring into the void and Australia rampant.

Here was England’s debutant No9 joining Chris Woakes at the crease with the score 142 for seven and the deficit a neat 300. A swift and total subsidence by Joe Root’s side and there was every chance Steve Smith may have invited them for another evening interrogation under the lights. Overton, fresh from three ducks in the warm-ups, was on for the dreaded “Audi”.

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