Smith falls for 23 on batting comeback with Australia

Steve Smith was out for 23 on his return with the bat in Australia’s tour match at Derbyshire.

Smith had sat out Australia’s third Ashes Test defeat at Headingley after suffering concussion.

He was felled by a vicious bouncer from Jofra Archer at Lord’s and looked on as England levelled the Ashes series with a one-wicket victory.

Smith had a watching brief again on the second morning of their three-day tour game at Derby as Australia lost only one wicket.

Marcus Harris was dismissed, the opener run out for 64, and Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh took Australia to within three runs of Derbyshire’s first innings total of 172 at lunch.

Australia claimed the lead before Khawaja was bowled by Anuj Dal for 72 and Smith came to the wicket batting at four.

Smith made a careful start to his innings, with his first nine runs from 27 balls all coming in singles.

He accelerated with two boundaries from off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri before his 38-ball stay came to an end.

Smith hoisted Matt Critchley into the offside where Qadri took a diving catch just in from the boundary rope.

Marsh also fell to Critchley soon after for 74 to leave Australia 254 for four – a lead of 82.

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