For Edgbaston 2005, Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz, it was a case of read Trent Bridge 2013, Brad Haddin and James Pattinson as Australia’s last-wicket pair took Australia close to, but ultimately just short of, victory in a thrilling finale to the opening Ashes Test.
Former England captain and Ashes-winning hero Sir Ian Botham and Beefeater sent a message to the Aussies ahead of the hotly anticipated Ashes series by beaming a giant projection of cricket legend Beefy on to Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Australians were denied a victory in their final warm-up game ahead of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge by a dogged final-day performance by Worcestershire at New Road.
Set an unlikely 457 for victory, Worcestershire closed on a relatively comfortable 274 for five as three of their top-order batsmen registered timely half-centuries.
With Shane Watson having already secured the opening berth with his first innings 90, Nathan Lyon having seen off the threat from Fawad Ahmed, and Michael Clarke making a successful return from injury, it just remains to be seen who will form the identity of Australia's middle-order at Trent Bridge.
Australia captain Michael Clarke will make his return from injury when Australia take on Somerset in the first of two warm-up matches ahead of the Ashes.
He missed his country's Champions Trophy campaign with a back injury but has been passed fit to lead the side at Taunton from 26th June.
With a matter of weeks remaining until they meet England in the first Ashes Test, Cricket Australia have sacked head coach Mickey Arthur and replaced him with Darren Lehmann.
South African Arthur, who was appointed in November 2011, has paid the penalty for a series of disappointing results and several off-field issues.