So then, a mere 32 days before the first Test at Brisbane and these two sides – both not at their best – face eachother in the middle of India. As Shane Warne recently pointed out on his site, the conditions in India – muggy, slow pitches and all – don't mirror in any way those in Australia. Little can be taken from the result of this match – or can it?
I'm posting this on Friday as no doubt I'll fail to wake up in time to watch the match – I don't have Sky, either, so I might be making an early-morning trip to the pub. With a hangover. The omens are not good for me, let alone England.
So, let's get some discussion going. Here's the Cricinfo live scorecard. Get chatting!