Curran fires back with maiden Test wicket

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:03 AM England debutant Tom Curran has bounced back from his gut-wrenching non-dismissal of David Warner to claim the prized scalp of Australian skipper Steve Smith.

The fiery quick snared his maiden Test wicket when Smith chopped a short, wide delivery onto his stumps in the seventh over of day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

Smith departed for 76 with the score 4-260 after he failed to deal with Curran's second ball of the day.

It was just reward for the 22-year-old who had Warner caught at mid-on on 99 on day one only to see the batsman called back after replays showed he had bowled a no-ball.

Curran put up a brave front when asked about the incident before the start of play on Wednesday and even had an odd premonition of better things to come.

"It was one of the greatest highs cut very short but it was still a great experience to make my debut (on Boxing Day)," Curran told ABC Grandstand.

"It was just an overwhelming feeling at first to get the wicket then when I saw the replays on the big screen I knew straight away (it was a no-ball) then it was back to square one.

"(Warner) wouldn't have been a bad (maiden wicket) but I guess (Steve) Smith wouldn't be a bad one either, so let's keep chipping away.

"We've just got to keep building (dot balls), try to create chances and when we do take them."

It was the first time Smith has been dismissed at the MCG since 2014.

The skipper moved to 502 runs for the series with the innings, 200 runs ahead of England's Dawid Malan who has the second-most runs.

Source: AAP

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