I took a sleeping pill for my nerves, admits Australia’s captain Steve Smith

  • Smith agonised after failing to enforce the follow-on in the second Ashes Test
  • Josh Hazelwood snuffed out England’s resistance to secure victory in Adelaide

Steve Smith decided to pop a sleeping tablet on Tuesday night following a rather stressful day at work. No judgment: we’ve all been there. But in the end, all it took to improve the Australian captain’s mood were a couple of Josh Hazlewood’s finest pills.

“I was a little bit nervous last night,” Smith said after his side’s victory, his tone a mix of relief and candour. “It’s been a pretty tough 24 hours. It’s all part of being captain of your country. Sometimes you’re going to make the wrong decision. It’s part of a learning experience. I’ll reflect on some things I can improve in my leadership and captaincy.”

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