Australia vs England Ashes 2017-18 live, Australia vs England Ashes 2017-18 live score, AUS vs ENG Ashes 2017-18 2nd Test match, Australia vs England Ashes 2017-18 2nd Test match live cricket score, live cricket score, live score, Australia vs England Ashes 2017-18 LIVE Streaming, Australia vs England Ashes 2017-18 live online streaming, live cricket streaming, live streaming
Steven Smith (left) celebrates with Mitchell Starc Getty Images

Australia shocked everyone when they decided not to enforce follow-on over England despite having a healthy lead in the second innings of the second Test (D/N) at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. The decision to bat has so far turned out to be dicey, as they are struggling at 53 for the loss of four wickets, while they continue to lead by 268 runs. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc has said that the decision to bat or enforce follow-on is strictly with the captain, and on this very occasion, the decision too was taken by Steven Smith himself. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs England, Ashes 2017-18, 2nd Test at Adelaide (Day-Night)

On the decision to bat in the second innings

“We didn’t [get asked] tonight. He’s the captain, he makes the decisions. There’s two full night sessions to go – we had a tough session with the bat but there’s a lot of cricket to go and a lot of batting in the sheds with Shaun and Tim. But in terms of the follow-on it’s all up to Smithy. We know the night sessions are the toughest, but to be four down, we still know we’ve got a good lead and there’s two night sessions to go. Once the sun comes out tomorrow it’s the easiest time to bat through the day so we’ll get some runs there and build on our lead and then some exciting cricket to come,” said Starc during the post-day press conference.

“[There are] pros and cons to both decisions I’m sure and we’ll look to build on our lead, give the bowlers a bit of extra time to come out fit and firing for that second innings and hopefully knock them over.”

The Ashes 2017-18, 3rd Test, Day 3: England take 4 wickets in quick succession; Australia lead by 256 at stumps
The Ashes 2017-18, 3rd Test, Day 3: England take 4 wickets in quick succession; Australia lead by 256 at stumps

On the game so far

“England have only had to [bat at night] for 10 overs so far and if they really want to win this Test match they’re going to have to go through two night sessions, so great signs for us with the ball if you look at that session we just saw with the bat. With a lead of 260 going into a day session, we’re still very much in the driver’s seat.”

“We did mention watching from the change rooms they did bowl a lot shorter than they would’ve liked and we saw after that first session they made an effort to bowl fuller and brought dismissals into the game. That’s something we spoke about as a bowling group, making sure we bowled a fuller length throughout the whole innings. They’ve got their length sorted now but that’s also something we can take on for our stuff as the game goes on as well.”