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.