Ashes 2017: Craig Overton, Mitchell Starc doubtful for Boxing Day Test


Craig Overton has got a cracked rib from Pat Cummins bouncer that hit him. Having aggravated the injury during Perth Test, Overton may have to sit out the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series.
England seamer Craig Overton is doubtful for the Melbourne Test of the Ashes, which is set to take place on the Boxing Day.With a cracked rib, which he got while he was hit by a bouncer from Pat Cummins in his debut Ashes Test in Adelaide, Overton may have to sit out of the inconsequential fourth Test.
Overton had aggravated his injury playing in the Perth Test which England lost by an innings and 41 runs to concede the urn.
The 23-year-old made an unbeaten 41 in his debut for England and has claimed six wickets in his two matches to date.“We’re going to assess it over the next couple of days,” Overton said after the third Test.
“Melbourne might be a push but it’s still an option to play at the minute.”Australia claimed the series back after beating England in the Perth Test, making it 3-0 after the first three Test of the five-match series.
Beginning on December 26, England will now playing the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and will be looking to save some grace.
However, the question doing the rounds is if England will take some tough calls as they trail the series 3-0. Two more matches are yet to be played in Melbourne and Sydney and Joe Root would want to win at least one of those Tests.
On the other hand, Australia paceman Mitchell Starc is also doubtful for the Boxing Day Test despite being cleared of a serious heel injury.
“Starc had a scan in Sydney which confirmed bruising on his heel. He will still travel to Melbourne with the squad as planned and will be reassessed ahead of the Test,” the team said in a media release.
Starc has been in a cracking form and is currently the top wicket-taker with 19 wickets from three matches of the ongoing Ashes series.
Jackson Bird is the reserve seamer in the Australia squad.