Simon Jones is relishing his role as the new king of reverse swing as England attempt to build on their impressive performances to claim a key advantage in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge.
The Glamorgan seamer has used his expertise with the old ball to intimidate Australia's batting line-up by getting the ball to swing when it is scuffed up - in contrast to conventional swing with the new ball. It has brought him 13 victims and has boosted the formidable firepower available to England captain Michael Vaughan.
In tandem with all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, another skilled exponent of reverse swing, the duo have claimed 29 wickets between them and played leading roles in England's thrilling two-run victory at Edgbaston and the dramatic climax to the third Test at Old Trafford, when last wicket pair Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath survived four overs to earn a draw.
"I really do enjoy bowling with the old ball," explained Jones. "I learned to reverse swing at Cardiff because the wickets there are so dry and you have to do something different because they are so flat and slow.
"I've brought it into the Test matches and so far I've done a decent job. I've been brought on at different times and I've managed to pick up early wickets so I'm happy with the way things have gone for me so far.
Jones says he started perfecting his art around four years ago. "I got an old ball and started messing around with it in the nets and just took it from there.
"All the talk about reverse swing has taken me a bit by surprise. Edgbaston and Old Trafford were conducive to it because the square is so rough.
"The new ball was only lasting about 15 overs and then it started reversing so that was perfect for me and Freddie and that helped us both get wickets in the last two Tests."
But Jones is keen to underline there is even more to his game and claims he can also perform with the new ball, although he is unlikely to be given the chance at a Trent Bridge ground renowned for helping conventional swing bowling.
Jones is tipping Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard, whose difficulty in finding the right line and length resulted in him being given only 32 overs in the last two Tests, to demonstrate his ability to utilise conventional swing bowling during this Test.
"It normally swings up here because of the atmosphere and the fact that the River Trent isn't that far away so I think Hoggy will come into his own here," said Jones.
"We're very confident. We've shown how good we've become as a side and we're doing it against the best now as well.
"But we have to keep it going. You can't afford to slip up against these boys, you can't relax at all.
"They aren't the best in the world without good reason and we have to keep our concentration levels up."
Since that dramatic draw in Manchester, both sides have had a week away from the intensity of the Ashes series with England's players relaxing while Australia travelled to Scotland for a washed out one-day match and had a two- day match against Northamptonshire.
The general belief is that Australia will have benefited more from the break after the momentum built up by England, but Jones disagreed. "We've had a week to regroup as well so we're not thinking or worrying about them.
"The only thing we're worried about is what we've got to do. We've enjoyed our week off and rested because the back-to-back Tests are physically and mentally draining so you need some time away to recuperate and gather your thoughts really.
"I just relaxed and chilled out and went home to see my family. The great thing is that everywhere you go now people are talking about cricket.
"It's a credit to the way both teams have played and contributed to a great series."