Australia’s Steve Smith plays mind games with Joe Root over lbw decisions

• Australia captain attempts to unsettle England opener
• Hosts aim to be on top in every department in Ashes series

There are more cunning plans being bandied around in this series than Baldrick ever had in Blackadder. My cynical streak suggests many are more bluff and balderdash rather than brilliant insights.

We have heard quite a lot about Shane Bond being in his bunker with Joe Root poring over the techniques of the Australia batsmen. Then Jimmy Anderson lets slip that England do not have to bowl any differently to Steve Smith than anyone else.

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