Rory Burns tried and immediately failed to avoid Australian nemesis Mitchell Starc after England were sent in under lights on day two of the second Test in Adelaide.
Australia declared at 9-473 in their first innings following a humiliating hour for the tourists, who were smacked around by Starc and debutant Michael Neser.
The night quickly turned sour when Burns, who did not take the strike to start the innings, fell to Australia’s left-arm star on the first ball of the third over.
“That looked like a beautiful delivery, it wasn’t the really full ball that we were expecting,” cricket great Ricky Ponting said on Channel 7.
“Burns squared up again with that closed bat face. Geez, beautiful nick, beautiful catching height.
“Steve Smith – trust me ladies and gentlemen, he doesn’t put many down in the slips. Rory Burns’ nightmare at the start of this series continues.”
On another big day for Australia’s bats, Marnus Labuschagne brought up his first Ashes century while Steve Smith narrowly missed out on his 12th when he went lbw for 93.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey hit a solid 51 in his first Test on his home ground, before debutant Michael Neser (35), Mitchell Starc (39no) and Jhye Richardson put on 83 runs in the 10 overs after tea on the second day.
It gave Australia complete control of the Test and ensured they could follow their pink-ball script in the hunt for a 2-0 Ashes series lead.
Such is the importance of controlling the pink-ball games, all eight teams who have posted 300 or more batting first in day-night Tests have gone on to win.
Conversely, all eight teams unable to reach that mark have lost.
After Marnus Labuschagne brought up his hundred in the opening overs of the day, he was caught behind from an Ollie Robinson no-ball and dropped by the same man on 102.
The passage of play summed up a dismal start to the tour for England, who have now dropped 10 catches in the series and had two wickets disallowed by no-balls.
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler put down three of those catches alone in Australia’s first innings, including two off Labuschagne when he was on 21 and 95.
The Queenslander was eventually trapped lbw in Robinson’s next over on 103 trying to leave, before Travis Head (18) and Cameron Green (2) followed.
It was Smith who rammed home the advantage in his temporary return to the captaincy following Pat Cummins’ COVID-19 scare.
He entered the nineties by uppercutting a Ben Stokes delivery over the slips, after earlier lifting Chris Woakes over square leg for six off a ball that wasn’t that short.
Steve Smith raised his bat for a half-century but fell short of a ton. Credit: Getty
He was helped by England’s continued woes, benefitting from four overthrows at one point while also never looking troubled by the regular short-ball approach.
Instead it was a better-length ball that knocked him over, with his dismissal just the fourth in his Test career when between 90 and 100.
Anderson also got the wicket of Carey to finish with figures of 2-58, but he and Stokes (3-113) were among the few to have success as the likes of Woakes (1-103) felt the pain.
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