Pressure - what pressure?
If Ricky Ponting is worried - about his misfiring bowling attack, about the prospect of becoming only the second Australian captain to lose two Ashes series in England, about being booed whenever he takes the field - he's doing a pretty good job of disguising it.
With Leeds basking under unexpected blue skies, Ponting was doing almost as much beaming on Thursday afternoon as the August sun overhead.
The bowlers? Mitchell Johnson is "back in form", Brett Lee "at full pace". The 1-0 series deficit? Two games left, mate. And as for his reception among some England fans - if you think Ponting is hurt by the opinion of a bunch of blokes dressed as nuns, chain-gang convicts and the cast of Scooby-Doo, you probably haven't been paying much attention to his career so far.
The Ponting of popular English imagining is a snarling, stroppy competitor who struggles to cope when things go against him. On the evidence of his performance on Thursday, that's as inaccurate as Johnson's bowling at Lord's.
Asked about the crowd's reaction to him at Edgbaston, his first reaction is to start laughing. "Ah, it's been well documented that I've copped a bit in the last few weeks," he chuckles, like a man recalling a particularly enjoyable night out with mates.
"I've really enjoyed a lot of the spectator participation in this series. The Barmy Army are the best group of sports supporters I've seen in any sport around the world."
Not quite said with a straight face, that last bit, but his message was clear: it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
Headingley is on such alert for Ponting-baiting and booing over the next five days that it's as if a new prohibition had been declared. So concerned are officials about the boozy atmosphere that spotters have been employed to roam the Western Stand, handing out glasses of water and sandwiches to well-refreshed patrons in a display of generosity unmatched in these parts since Howard Wilkinson gave Eric Cantona away to his arch-rivals for the price of half a Brian Deane.
Barmy Army trumpeter Billy Cooper? Banned. You can't have professional classical musicians who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama knocking round cricket grounds, after all. Also not welcome is Vic Flowers, the one in the St George's flag top hat who looks a bit like another local favourite, Jimmy Saville - unless he leaves his flag at home, that is.
"The complaints haven't come from us," Ponting was at pains to point out. "You can go too far the other way."
Punter intends to silence the vocal England support in more traditional ways, and there are plenty of stats to back up his sunny pre-match optimism. Five of the six leading run-scorers in this series are from his team, and four of the five leading wicket-takers. Of the seven centuries scored so far, six have been scored by Australians.
Headingley has hardly been a happy hunting ground for England's key men either. While Ponting himself averages 114 in Tests in Leeds, and has scored a century on every visit of his career so far, his opposite number Andrew Strauss averages a more humble 38.
Of the bowlers, James Anderson has a return of five wickets from four innings at an average of 51. Andrew Flintoff has taken nine wickets in five Tests at 43, while Graham Onions's first-class record at Headingley for Durham is a sobering three wickets at 84.
Should the ball swing, as locals long in the tooth remember it always used to, that trio won't be too concerned about their own personal histories. But Headingley in more recent memory has not been the hooping fiesta of Old. If the pitch is as pleasant to bat on as the last few Test tracks here have been, Ponting will fancy sniffing the win that would put everything back in the balance for the Oval denouement later this month.
The early indications from the middle and meteorological experts are mixed. The pitch itself lay hidden under its domed cover for most of the afternoon, guarded by groundstaff. If Ponting knew anything about its appearance, he was keeping it to himself. As for the weather, my BBC colleagues with pine cones and pieces of seaweed expect it to be grey early on the first day before brightening up in the afternoon and then staying warm and sunny across the weekend.
For England, their main concern, as ever, is the Fitness Of Fred. For his part, Ponting was supremely sanguine; asked by one television journalist if he'd been on Flintoff-watch, he replied, "Nope, but I've been watching you all over the telly for the last few hours, and it looks like you have."
If you're a pessimist, the fact that Flintoff only bowled a few deliveries in the nets on Wednesday and will wait until the morning of the match for his final fitness test will seem to indicate that he's struggling. For the optimists, the prospect of Fred sitting out what would be his penultimate Test is just unthinkable.
Should the big man's Black Knight impression fail, it's thought likely that Jonathan Trott will get the nod, with England switching to four bowlers and possibly the most pun-heavy 11 names in the history of the game.
For the tourists it's more complicated. Reading between the lines of the skipper's medical bulletin, and watching the players go through their fielding drills on the outfield, Michael Clarke will get over his abdominal strain, Brad Haddin remains 50/50 after his broken finger and Brett Lee has probably not done enough bowling at full pace to be risked as part of a four-man attack.
Rumours persist that the metronomic Stuart Clark will be brought in to give Ponting an element of control in the field. That might mean Peter Siddle taking a blow, or even off-spinner Nathan Hauritz - Headingley is not usually a turner. Then again, this is a series in which Hauritz can dislocate the middle finger of his bowling hand and then trundle through a hatful of overs the very next day. Nothing is quite as simple as it seems.
Either way, a result may be likely after the Edgbaston stalemate. The last seven Ashes Tests at Headingley have all produced wins, with England winning six of the last 10 matches against all opposition here.
The overall record between the two teams will give Ponting further cause for optimism. While England have won seven of the 23 matches between the two in Leeds, Australia have won eight.
As he jogged off to join his team-mates in the nets on Thursday, Ponting glanced up at the honours board, where his own name is picked out twice in bright gold lettering. This time there was no smile. The serious stuff is about to start again.