Tearaway paceman Pat Cummins said that being forced to play grade cricket as a batsman while stress fractures in his lower back healed had given him an insight into the way his natural-born enemy thinks – and it's not pretty.
Embattled spinner Graeme Swann is adamant England is not scared of the rampant Australian fast bowler.
Competition on the airwaves for a share of the cricket audience will begin sooner than first thought, with Fairfax Radio Network now set to broadcast the third Ashes Test in Perth.
Notwithstanding the very real fact that Australia might have regained the urn by this time next week, what astonishes most about this Ashes series is how meekly England seem prepared to hand it back.
Heading to his home ground, Mitchell Johnson's best could still be to come.
Tests played 12. Australia eight wins, England one win. Three draws.