MELBOURNE: A Boxing Day Test debut that promised the elation of a key wicket for Tom Curran went sour in the space of two deliveries on Tuesday as the rookie England paceman had David Warner caught on 99 with a no-ball.
Curran celebrated wildly with his teammates as Warner trudged off furious with himself, but it was a fleeting moment of jubilation, with the replay showing the 22-year-old bowler had overstepped the mark.
Warner promptly returned to the crease as the terraces roared in delight and pushed a single on the next ball to raise his 21st test century, leaving Curran pondering the agony of what could have been.
James Anderson limited the damage by having Warner caught behind for 103, but Curran finished his first day wicketless for 44 runs and Australia marched to 244 for three and a position of strength at stumps.
“I was gutted for him,” pace veteran Anderson told reporters.“It’s one of those things, you’ve got to learn the hard way and unfortunately for him it’s on debut at the Boxing Day Test match so I’m sure he’ll be behind the line from now on.”