When England named their Ashes squad at The Oval back in September, they played down fears over the fitness of several players carrying injuries, and were subsequently made to look a little foolish in Australia.
Back at the ground "where the Ashes were won" four months later, there is some sense of deja-vu, although there is a let-out clause in the rules for the World Cup.
Kevin Pietersen (rib - fully recovered), James Anderson (back - fingers crossed), Jon Lewis (ankle-likewise) and Michael Vaughan (hamstring - look to the heavens for help) all missed the end of the one-day series in Australia and all are in the World Cup 15.
Fortunately, rules have been relaxed so injured players may be replaced even if the injury doesn't occur during the World Cup so stand-by players could be called up.
These haven't been made public but Mal Loye is likely to keep his phone handy in case Vaughan suffers another tweak and Stuart Broad is one of the England A players who could be called from Bangladesh at a moment's notice.
Still England, who have used 39 one-day players in the last 18 months, seem ill-prepared should anything disrupt the brittle shell of success they have enjoyed over the last few weeks.
Ravi Bopara's selection after a single ODI appearance highlighted that.
Most surprising was the admission that no one has been appointed Vaughan's deputy with chairman of selectors David Graveney waiting until after an Ashes debrief with Andrew Flintoff to nominate a potential replacement.
If their first-choice players are fit, England could do well. If not, it may all unravel quickly.