Sport Smith to consult team on follow-on calls

11:51  07 december  2017
11:51  07 december  2017 Source:   MSN

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  Starc satisfied with Smith's refusal to reinsert England Steve Smith opted against sending England back in at Adelaide and the tourists responded with four wickets, but Mitchell Starc was happy.After bowling England out for 227 in response to the hosts' 442-8 declared in the maiden Ashes day-night Test, the tourists' attack finally found swinging conditions to their liking under the lights and reduced Australia to 53-4 at the close of play.

Mitchell Starc says Steve Smith will consult his bowling unit in future follow - on decisions to avoid a repeat of the captain's second Test stress in Adelaide.

Mitchell Starc says Steve Smith will consult his bowling unit in future follow - on decisions to avoid a repeat of the captain's second Test stress in Adelaide.

Australian captain Steve Smith reacts in the field on Day 4 of the Second Test match between Australia and England at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.© (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Australian captain Steve Smith reacts in the field on Day 4 of the Second Test match between Australia and England at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Mitchell Starc says Steve Smith will consult his bowling unit in future follow-on decisions to avoid a repeat of the captain's second Test stress in Adelaide.

Smith came under fire for not sending England in to bat again to face the swinging pink ball when the tourists trailed by 215 runs after the first innings, former vice-captain Shane Warne among those to question the call.

The skipper admitted he needed a sleeping pill as he not only tossed and turned over not giving his bowlers another crack but after also wasting two reviews and putting down two catches on a tense fourth night as England threatened to pull off an unlikely comeback victory.

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Mitchell Starc says Steve Smith will consult his bowling unit in future follow - on decisions to avoid a repeat of the captain's second Test stress in Adelaide.

While Australia ultimately completed a 120-run victory to take a 2-0 Ashes series lead, the fallout continued when Australian bowling coach David Saker publicly called Smith out.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was particularly unhappy and did little to bury the issue on Thursday when asked if he'd like the chance to take the new ball in a follow-on situation.

Starc's body language suggested that underlying tension remained and, tellingly, he revealed the attack would be consulted in future.

"If we're in that position again, I'm sure we'll chat about it as a group," Starc said before towing the captain's line.

"As Smithy said yesterday, it's a long summer. It's a massive series for us. The three of us (Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins) haven't really played that much cricket together, in the longer formats anyway, and there's a lot of cricket to be played after the (Test) series as well.

"So, in the end, we won the Test match anyway so the follow on's irrelevant."

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