Spinner Nathan Lyon has insisted Australia's dominance over England in the current Ashes series has come as no surprise.
Australia need just one more win to inflict a second whitewash in three tours on their oldest rivals after surging into a 4-0 lead with a string of convincing wins.
After England won the summer Ashes 3-0 on home soil, the one-sided nature of the return series has come as a surprise to many.
However, Lyon, who has been one of the understated stars of the Australia team, believes the signs that Australia would come out on top have been there for some time.
He said: "We knew it was coming, to be honest. Yes, England beat us over there 3-0, but it was a lot closer [than that scoreline] over there.
"We had opportunities, but we fell over at the line. Here in Australia we have won the bigger moments and won them pretty well. It has been a big reward for what we went through in England."
Lyon played a pivotal role in Australia's victory in the Boxing Day Test, taking five wickets in the second innings as he moved past 100 victims in only 29 Tests.
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