The Poms seem to do some of their best work once the sun goes down and the cricket ground is not exception to that observation.
England staged a strong comeback when Australia could not get their eyes accustomed to the dark in the first day – night Test in Ashes history at the Adelaide Oval.
Hindsight is always perfect, so it would seem that the decision by Aussie Captain Steve Smith to not enforce the follow-on after dinner now looks like a poor call.
Poms James Anderson and Chis Woakes reduced Australia to 4 – 53 at stumps after Australia had bowled England out for 227, far behind the 8 – 422 Australia posted of its first innings.
Anderson fared much better than in his earlier appearances, dismissing Cameron Bancroft off for four in the third over.
Usman Khaway and David Warner seemed to get things in the proper order, steadfast for 16 overs, however, Anderson trapped Khawaja in front and Warner was caught in the slips. Captain Smith, despite all the accolades others and we have been heaping on him, demonstrated that he is truly human when Woakes got Smith out for six in the next five overs.
When play resumes for day four, Peter Handscomb and Nathan Lyon will seek to build on Australia’s 268-run lead, but the Brits are not dead quite yet.
Lyon had a classic catch earlier in the day, but it was subject to some discussion whether it was his or Mitchell Starc’s snare that was the better of the two.
Lyon caught Ali Moeen spectacularly from one of his own bowls, collecting a checked drive with his left hand. It was one of those instant reactions, because it is hard to conceive that he actually saw the ball and had time to respond.
Lyon was the top bowler for Australia at 4 – 60.