The war of words has begun, even though the first Test of the Ashes is still more than six months in the future.
Former Australia opener Ed Cowan was eager to go on record as saying that England has chosen poorly and that they do not rate as a Test-worthy squad.
Cowan thinks the Brits will be susceptible to the Aussie pace attack and went on to further sledge the Brits by saying that there are no more than four good players. The other seven are obviously quite miffed at the moment.
If, as is the current speculation, all four of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattison are in the 11 for the Aussie squad, England might not even have to worry about halting for tea.
Those four pace men have all been clocked in excess of 140km/h, but Cummins and Pattison have experienced lengthy injury spells that prevented their joining Starc and Hazlewood on the same 11.
It will be possible to see Cummins and Pattison’s level of fitness in next month’s Champions Trophy, but if they are up to form and can stay that way for the Ashes, it will be Australia’s best pace attack in over 10 years.
June 10 at Edgbaston will supply some keen insight as to the future of the Ashes when the two squads meet in the Champions Trophy.