All you have to look at is the player by player comparison to know the likely result of the Ashes:
Cook v Hughes - I would think Hughes has the mental edge over England before even facing a ball! Hughes
Katich v Strauss - Similar stats over the last year, but Strauss has his runs off flat pitches. Draw.
Bopara v Ponting - no contest, Punter all the way.
Pietersen v Hussey - here England have the edge.
Clarke v Colly - Clarke has been on fire recently, he easily takes this one.
North v Prior - Hard to say as an allrounder comparison. Draw.
Haddin v Freddie - Haddin has the batting edge and his keeping has been very good of late, but Fred has the x factor.
Johnson v Broad - even the most ardent Broad fan cant compare the two. Mitch has this one stitched up.
Anderson v Siddle - Sids stats are better over the last six months, Siddle has also faced the better opposition but Anderson has had the harder pitches. Draw.
Onions v Clark/Lee - Experience trumps exuberance in my eyes. Another for the Aussies.
Hauritz v Swann - well, I think for once England have the upper hand in the slow bowling stakes. I lived to see the day!
So the final score is:
On that basis I will predict 2 - 1 to the Aussies.