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Oz 209/4 on day 1 of 2nd Ashes Test

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ADELAIDE, Dec 2: England snared the prized wicket of their nemesis Steve Smith as Australia toiled under the lights in a feisty opening day of the first-ever day-night Ashes Test here today.

It was debutant Craig Overton who claimed the huge scalp of the world�s top-rated Test batsman for 40 and his first Test wicket in the 63rd over of a grimly-fought contest between bat and ball.

But the Australians, leading the series after a 10-wicket first Test win in Brisbane, only lost four wickets after being surprisingly sent into bat by England skipper Joe Root.

At the close, the home side were 209 for four with Peter Handscomb unbeaten on 36 and Shaun Marsh on 20 before an Adelaide Oval record 55,317 crowd.

�It was a pretty nice one, obviously,� Overton said of his dismissal of Smith.

�He�s one of the best players in the world to get that one to start with and hopefully I can carry on with that tomorrow.�

Overton angled one in between bat and pad to scatter Smith�s stumps to the unbridled delight of the England team after the Australian skipper�s match-turning unbeaten 141 in Brisbane.

The Somerset seamer earned kudos as the first bowler to bowl Smith in a Test match in Australia since New Zealand�s Trent Boult in November 2015.

�We�re pretty happy. We felt like we bowled pretty well all day,� Overton said.

�We�ll come back tomorrow with the new ball and hopefully get a couple of early ones and be quite on top.�

Smith, who faced 90 balls, had been contained by England�s tight line and was never given a moment�s peace by Joe Root�s team to keep him under pressure.

At one stage James Anderson stood just off the pitch and close to Smith at the non-striker�s end as the pair exchanged barbs and needed umpire Aleem Dar to step between the two to calm tensions. � AFP

SCORECARD

Australia 1st innings:

C Bancroft run out (Woakes) 10

D Warner c Bairstow b Woakes 47

U Khawaja c Vince b Anderson 53

S Smith b Overton 40

P Handscomb not out 36

S Marsh not out 20

Extras: (LB-3) 3

Total: (For 4 wkts; 81 overs) 209

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-86, 3-139, 4-161.

Bowling: Anderson 20-3-45-1, Broad 19-7-39-0, Woakes 15- 2-50-1, Overton 17-3-47-1, Moeen 10-1-25-0.

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Oz 209/4 on day 1 of 2nd Ashes Test

ADELAIDE, Dec 2: England snared the prized wicket of their nemesis Steve Smith as Australia toiled under the lights in a feisty opening day of the first-ever day-night Ashes Test here today.

It was debutant Craig Overton who claimed the huge scalp of the world�s top-rated Test batsman for 40 and his first Test wicket in the 63rd over of a grimly-fought contest between bat and ball.

But the Australians, leading the series after a 10-wicket first Test win in Brisbane, only lost four wickets after being surprisingly sent into bat by England skipper Joe Root.

At the close, the home side were 209 for four with Peter Handscomb unbeaten on 36 and Shaun Marsh on 20 before an Adelaide Oval record 55,317 crowd.

�It was a pretty nice one, obviously,� Overton said of his dismissal of Smith.

�He�s one of the best players in the world to get that one to start with and hopefully I can carry on with that tomorrow.�

Overton angled one in between bat and pad to scatter Smith�s stumps to the unbridled delight of the England team after the Australian skipper�s match-turning unbeaten 141 in Brisbane.

The Somerset seamer earned kudos as the first bowler to bowl Smith in a Test match in Australia since New Zealand�s Trent Boult in November 2015.

�We�re pretty happy. We felt like we bowled pretty well all day,� Overton said.

�We�ll come back tomorrow with the new ball and hopefully get a couple of early ones and be quite on top.�

Smith, who faced 90 balls, had been contained by England�s tight line and was never given a moment�s peace by Joe Root�s team to keep him under pressure.

At one stage James Anderson stood just off the pitch and close to Smith at the non-striker�s end as the pair exchanged barbs and needed umpire Aleem Dar to step between the two to calm tensions. � AFP

SCORECARD

Australia 1st innings:

C Bancroft run out (Woakes) 10

D Warner c Bairstow b Woakes 47

U Khawaja c Vince b Anderson 53

S Smith b Overton 40

P Handscomb not out 36

S Marsh not out 20

Extras: (LB-3) 3

Total: (For 4 wkts; 81 overs) 209

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-86, 3-139, 4-161.

Bowling: Anderson 20-3-45-1, Broad 19-7-39-0, Woakes 15- 2-50-1, Overton 17-3-47-1, Moeen 10-1-25-0.

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