When Australia leave England and return home they have to face up to the might of the West Indian and Pakistan touring sides.
They will then play a grueling 3 match away series against NZ.
After that they have no test cricket for 9 months until the old enemy arrive on our shores towards the end of next year.
So thats it ... a few matches against some lower ranked teams, a long break and then back into action against the Poms.
Not a great preparation in my book.
Australia does have a few thing to sort out over the next 12 months and it would have been great to have a series against Sri Lanka or India as part of that preparation.
Anyway Auatralia still has a few issues to resolve.
Captaincy ... Ponting is still the best man for the job in my opinion. Yes he did lose to England twice ... but he won a series against them as well. His overall record as captain against England is 15 tests as captain 7 wins 4 losses and 4 drawn. That is actually a pretty good record.
Fast Bowling ... stick with Johnson, Siddle and Hilfenhause. Clark and Lee's best days are behind them.
Spin Bowling ... the cupboard is bare. I don't see any new prospects emerging before the English return. Hauritz keeps the job by default.
Wicketkeeper ... Hadden is a batsman who keeps. He won't go down as one of Australia's great keepers but as long as he keeps getting runs and doesn't screw up completely behind the stumps his position is safe.
Batting ... This is a the problem area. Watson is not an opener. He doesn't even open in domestic cricket. His spot is lower in the order. Watson is a batting alrounder ... which is probably just as well because his bowling sucks. It has now got even suckier since his last bout of injuries seems to have robbed him of a little bit of pace. I would give him a go at number 6 but if I had my way, at the first sign of injury his test cricket career would be over. The selectors have stuck by Watson for a lot of years only to see him miss match after match because of injury. I would rather he gave away bowling completely and concentrate on his batting.
So who goes if Watson moves down the order? I am afraid that I would have to give Hussey the flick. His century was too little too late. He has reached an age when cricket becomes a year by year proposition, so it may be time to start looking at a younger player.
That leaves a vacant opening position. It is toss of the coin time. It will probably come down to a choice between Phil Jaques or Phillip Hughes.
Assuming Jacques is fit and in form he would be my next cab off the rank.
That gives you a lineup of
Ricky Ponting (capt)
In other words no panic and minimal changes.