Aussie skipper Steve Smith to consult team on follow-on calls

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Mitchell Starc says Steve Smith will consult his bowling unit in future follow-on decisions to avoid a repeat of the captain's second Test stress in Adelaide.

Smith came under fire for not sending England in to bat again to face the swinging pink ball when the tourists trailed by 215 runs after the first innings, former vice-captain Shane Warne among those to question the call.

The skipper admitted he needed a sleeping pill as he not only tossed and turned over not giving his bowlers another crack but after also wasting two reviews andputting down two catches on a tense fourth night as England threatened to pull off an unlikely comeback victory.

While Australia ultimately completed a 120-run victory to take a 2-0 Ashes series lead, the fallout continued when Australian bowling coach David Saker publicly called Smith out.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was particularly unhappy and did little to bury the issue on Thursday when asked if he'd like the chance to take the new ball in a follow-on situation.

Steve Smith (Australia) - Photo SMPIMAGES.COM / newscorpaustralia.com - Action from the 1st Test of the 2017 / 2018 Magellan Ashes Cricket series between Australia v England played at the Gabba, Brisbane Australia.

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith.

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Starc's body language suggested that underlying tension remained and, tellingly, he revealed the attack would be consulted in future.

"If we're in that position again, I'm sure we'll chat about it as a group," Starc said before towing the captain's line.

"As Smithy said yesterday, it's a long summer. It's a massive series for us. The three of us (Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins) haven't really played that much cricket together, in the longer formats anyway, and there's a lot of cricket to be played after the (Test) series as well.

"So, in the end, we won the Test match anyway so the follow on's irrelevant."

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