Beware a wounded Australia
Quell your excitement, England fans. Australia's 2-0 defeat to India, their first Test series reverse since the 2005 Ashes, will have many cricket enthusiasts on these shores salivating over what might come to pass next summer.
In case you needed reminding, England and Australia resume rivalries in the next Ashes series in less than eight months time.
However it would be foolish to draw too much from Ricky Ponting's surrender of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. There may even be one or two long-term positives to emerge for the Aussies once they have had time to reflect on their failure in India.
Many of us remember only too well how Australia recovered so well from the 2001 defeat in India under Steve Waugh's uncompromising captaincy. They battered England in that summer's Ashes, winning the series 4-1.
That said, Waugh is nearly five years into his retirement and Ponting has not convinced many of the game's leading judges that he is a brilliant captain.
Much like Michael Vaughan and Duncan Fletcher did three and a half years ago, India have got under Ponting's skin, and he has not enjoyed the experience.
As early as the first Test in Bangalore, he was making noises about Australia being the only team playing a positive brand of cricket. He re-iterated the point on at least one further occasion but he was a man in denial - most of the time India were batting at a faster rate.
For one brief moment in the final Test in Nagpur, at tea on day four, his team held an advantage. But he panicked about having to up the over rate and turned to his most ineffective bowlers - Michael Hussey and Cameron White. The momentum immediately switched, decisively, to the home side.
Aside from Ponting's erratic captaincy, there will have to be some serious questions asked within the Aussie camp. How could such a talented batting side, playing on flat wickets, end up with just two batsmen (Hussey and Simon Katich) averaging at least 40?
How could a bowler like Brett Lee - albeit in the worst kind of conditions for him and battling a virus in the final Test - take just eight wickets at an average of 61.62?
And yet, there were positives for the tourists. Hussey and Katich certainly emerged well. And Shane Watson - importantly staying fit enough to play in an entire Test series - will be a genuine contender to bat at number six in the Ashes and operate as a fourth seamer.
In Jason Krejza, Australia have found someone with vast potential - though it is doubtful that a spinner with his limited international experience will be a match-winner in English conditions.
With several critical series still to be played, it is not possible to predict who will start the next Ashes series as favourites, which is exactly how it should be for those of us perpetually in thrall to the uncertainty of Test cricket.
England's own Test series in India in December - a criminally-short two-match rubber - will not necessarily be the strongest guideline. That's because the skills required to win in the subcontinent are so different to those needed in places like Headingley and Edgbaston.
Instead, Australia's home series against South Africa at Christmas - the team which triumphed in England last summer - will be the first major pointer to Ashes supremacy.
Sir Ian Botham, the most reluctant fence-sitter in the realm of cricket, said last week England would win the Ashes easily. But another former multiple Ashes-winner, from the opposite camp, has a more phlegmatic view.
This was Justin Langer, talking to my colleague Tom Fordyce the other day: "It's a crucial time for both teams. The lead-up to the Ashes is going to be fascinating. England had a brilliant run-up in 2005 - they learned how to win and they were confident. It was the same for us; when we won 5-0 [in 2006-07] we'd won everything since the Ashes defeat. We didn't lose a Test.
"Ricky needs to use the next eight months to build a new team and build its confidence. It's a new era. Matty, Ricky and Brett are the last of the old team.You have to build up the camaraderie and faith in each other's abilities."
Botham's confidence is based on the absence of two of the prime tormentors of England teams in series past. Without Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne, Australia are not as potent a bowling force, and there is no escaping that.
The India reverse is the first indication of how tough life can be without McGrath, Warne and Adam Gilchrist. But tough situations have frequently seen Australia produce the kind of powerful response that can crush other sides who deign to stand in their way.
England's best bet is to ignore any developments from Down Under and win as many of their Tests and one-day internationals against India and West Indies between now and next summer as they can.
If all goes according to plan, it is possible that England could start the Ashes as favourites. But would that be such a good thing?
And it's also worth remembering that England's Test record since Peter Moores started coaching them after the 2007 World Cup is not the greatest, featuring series losses to India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.