Smith relieved to triumph

06 December 2017 23:20:56 GMTPlus11

Australia captain Steve Smith admits he agonised over whether he'd made the right decision not to enforce the follow-on in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The hosts finished off England ruthlessly on the final day to take a 2-0 series lead going into the third match in Perth. But Smith admitted he was relieved to leave Adelaide with the victory in the wake of his much-debated decision to bat first in the second innings.

The skipper would have come in for plenty of criticism if the move had backfired, which looked possible when England went into the final day with six wickets still in hand.

In the end, Australia's bowlers allowed just 57 of the 178 runs England needed to win the Test.

Smith admitted he'd had to have a sleeping pill before the final day, adding: "It has been a tough 24 hours if I'm being honest. It's all part of being captain of your country.

"You have to make difficult decisions. Sometimes you're going to make the wrong decision. It's all part of the learning experience and hopefully I can learn something from this game."

His decision to bat again rather than send England back in under lights with a lead of 215 was heavily debated.

It played on his mind, he admits, adding: "My rationale was it's a really long summer and I don't want to bowl my bowlers into the ground. On another day I might decide to go another way, but we've won the Test match, so it's irrelevant."

Australia are 1.53 to win the third Test, with England 4.50 and the draw 5.50. Australia are 1.50 to have a first innings lead in Perth.

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