England batsman Joe Root dismissed as hot air Australia spinner Nathan Lyon's opening gambit in the mind games before their Cricket World Cup semifinal on Thursday in Birmingham.
Lyon puffed up England's credentials and claimed, "It's all on them. It's their World Cup to lose."
He added, "We have nothing to lose," conveniently forgetting Australia is defending the title.
Root's reaction was amusement.
"Nathan has a lot to say, a lot of the time, so you just take it with a pinch of salt," he said.
"It might be a way of taking pressure off himself and his team. It has happened for years. It's just part and parcel of when you play against Australia. That's how they like to prepare themselves and get themselves ready."
England had won nine of 10 one-day internationals against Australia until June 25 when the host side came unstuck at Lord's by 64 runs.
"There has been a lot made of the fear factor of playing against Australia, but I think for this group of players over the last four years their experiences against Australia are very positive," Root said. "They have got a lot of success in the bank. We will be drawing on the confidence that over a long period of time now we have been successful against Australia and we should take that into Thursday."
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