Steve Smith has piled the pressure on to his opposite number Joe Root ahead of the second Test in Adelaide, suggesting that the England captain's pair of lbw dismissals at Brisbane could be playing with his head.
Root was trapped leg-before by Pat Cummins for 15 in the first innings at the Gabba, then for 50 by Josh Hazlewood in the second– taking to 11 the number of times he has fallen lbw in Test cricket in his last 29 innings.
Since only seven of Root's first 83 Test knocks ended with a leg-before verdict, Smith – whose only innings at Brisbane brought him a superb unbeaten 141 – was only too happy to reach a straightforward conclusion.
Steve Smith has upped the ante ahead of the second Test in Adelaide on Saturday
'It was nice that our plans worked,' he said. 'I read something on Twitter the other day about a trend that's been occurring with him since the start of 2016. He's got out lbw a lot.
'It's nice that we are able to open up that side of his bat, and I saw him working on it in the nets the other day, so he's trying to fix those issues.
'That's tough to do in the middle of the series, so he'll have some things going through his head out in the middle. That's something we can play on out there as well.'
Smith's breezy diagnosis of a problem that has crept into Root's game over the last year reflected the buoyancy in the Australian camp after their 10-wicket win at the Gabba.
Joe Root was twice dismissed lbw by Australia's quick bowlers in the first Test in Brisbane
The England skipper has been out lbw 11 times in his last 29 innings in Test cricket
Having won just one lbw decision against him in three previous Ashes series, they regard two in a game as Christmas come early.
And their captain sounded equally relaxed about the prospect of Ben Stokes making a surprise appearance later in the series after he turned up in New Zealand to play for