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Craig Overton’s bruised ribcage a badge of honour for the England Ashes tyro | Vic Marks

Having ‘good fun’ fending off bouncers and taking four Australia wickets on his debut in Adelaide has left the 23-year-old itching for more Ashes action

Suddenly Craig Overton is no longer one of the dirt?trackers, the also-rans who get hauled out to play against the youngsters of Cricket Australia in between Ashes Tests. England have a two-day fixture in Perth beginning on Saturday but Overton will not be in action. Instead he will be nursing his bruises while recuperating along with nine of his Test colleagues from Adelaide.

The 10th, Moeen Ali, will, for the first time, captain an England side containing five players from the senior tour party plus six from the Lions, one of whom, Mark Wood, may be clinging on to the distant prospect of a straw?clutching recall for the third Test at the Waca.

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