Australia star Smith returns but waits to bat against Derbyshire

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Tim Paine will not play in Australia's tour game with Derbyshire.

While numbers seven, eight and nine succumbing in quick order to Starc will not have England quaking, he bowled with enough goal in his second spell to suggest he could come into the reckoning at Old Trafford next week.

Khawaja though was dropped on 15 when teenage quick Alfie Gleadall, failed to hold a caught and bowled chance.

Mitchell Starc enhanced his prospects of selection for the fourth Ashes Test with three wickets in an over on the opening day of Australia's tour match at Derbyshire.

Earlier, Michael Neser led Australia's attack with 3-31 from 11 overs.

Steve Smith, making his return from a concussion, is set to bat on Friday.

Derbyshire's Luus du Plooy, in at none for two, top-scored for the Midlands county with 86 before he unluckily played on to paceman Peter Siddle.

But with Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman deciding to bat after winning the toss, Smith had to wait for his first innings since being hit on his unprotected neck during the drawn second Test at Lord's.

He bowled five off-breaks to left-hander du Plooy before finishing with a leg-break to Alex Hughes.

Having gone wicketless before lunch, Starc had Matt Critchley caught behind mishooking by Alex Carey for 11.

The Australia selectors have made a decision to rest Test skipper Tim Paine for the three-day tour game versus English county side Derbyshire from Thursday.

England pulled off a dramatic one-wicket win at Headingley to level the series at 1-1.

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