On a perfect summer’s day at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl, England kick off a five-match one-day series against Australia at 1430 BST.
Last time England played a one-day series against Ricky Ponting’s men, who were in fact marshalled by Michael Clarke for the first couple of games, they finished up on the wrong end of a 6-1 hiding.
This time, Australia’s bowling attack looks transitional and their batting unit is not firing on all cylinders, but it would be a brave man to confidently predict an England series success.
Can Kieswetter make the opening berth his own for the World Cup? Is Yardy’s second coming a decisive move? Or will the skills of Cameron White and Nathan Hauritz prove too much for Andrew Strauss’s men?
As ever, your comments are most welcome.