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Ashes: Australia captain Steve Smith took sleeping pill before final day in Adelaide


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Australia captain Steve Smith said he took a sleeping tablet the night before his side won the second Ashes Test.

England began the final day in Adelaide on 176-4 in pursuit of 354, but were bowled out for 233 as Australia took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

“It has been a pretty tough 24 hours. I was a little bit nervous last night,” Smith said.

Australia will regain the Ashes if they win the third Test in Perth, which starts on 14 December.

Smith’s decision not to enforce the follow-on, despite Australia’s first-innings lead of 215, was criticised after they collapsed during the night session on day three.

The hosts were bowled out for 138, before Joe Root’s unbeaten 67 gave England a slim chance of pulling off a record fourth-innings chase.

“Would I do the same again? I’m not sure. It’s played on my mind a bit over the last couple of days – have I made a mistake?” Smith, 28, told BT Sport.

“On another day I might decide to go another way – but we’ve won the Test match, so it’s irrelevant.”

Australia bowling coach David Saker said on Tuesday that not enforcing the follow-on was “probably a mistake”,