Steve Smith feels Ashes pressure again after Joe Root shines under the lights

Hasty reviews and stoic England batting in a thrilling final session under Adelaide lights has cast further doubt on the Australia captain’s follow-on decision

The twilight zone. Though 24 hours later than many expected, England got their moment under lights on the fourth evening in Adelaide and through Joe Root, Dawid Malan and some pyromaniacal reviews by Steve Smith, somehow the tourists remained in the hunt.

Whatever the result on the final day, this was the kind of session for which day-night Test cricket was designed. A hooping pink ball, a straining attack and batsmen battling hard to get just shy of halfway in their pursuit of 354 – Ashes cricket might not need the format to sell out grounds but the glow of the outfield, the flash of the pink ball and the changing night sky worked a treat.

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