Michael Vaughan refuses to acknowledge that any advantage was gained by Australia in surviving by the closest of margins at Old Trafford.
The England captain might have expected to be heading for the fourth npower Test match with a lead in the five-match series but his side failed to dismiss last-wicket pair Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath in the last four overs.
Like the finale at Edgbaston, where Australia finished the stronger despite a narrow defeat, Vaughan dismisses the notion of momentum being carried into the next contest.
He said: "We will arrive at Trent Bridge next week fully focused and hoping to go 2-1 up. We have been talking about psychological advantages and disadvantages throughout the whole summer.
"What we do know is that we can take a lot out of this last game because we dominated four days of Test cricket against the number one team in the world.
"To get where we have, the team have bounced back and shown a lot of character since Lord's; it can be hard to produce two performances on the trot of such high intensity and high-pressure cricket but we have."
Vaughan added: "I really do hope the two final games are as good as the last two games we have had because the series deserves that. Both teams have played in a real good spirit, respect each other very much and there is a lot of talent on show."
Australia's captain Ricky Ponting concedes he struggled for solutions at Edgbaston and Old Trafford. Since inheriting the captaincy from Steve Waugh 18 months ago, he has not faced anything like this extended challenge.
On the fourth day in Manchester, with England's lead approaching 400 and Ponting devoid of ideas, Shane Warne engulfed him in a bear hug.
Ponting said: "Warney is great in the team because he has lots of experience and he always has some advice to pass on at certain times. I must admit at different times in the last two Test matches I have been scratching my head thinking 'where are we going to go, what are we going to do here?' when momentum has been against us.
"Shane probably identified I was going through that on the fourth day and came over to see how I was going and whether he could pass on some advice which could help us all out a little bit."
Only Ponting's heroic 156, ground out over seven hours, prevented defeat for Australia in Manchester. His batting colleagues have undergone such loss of form, mesmerised by England's new reverse swing phenomenon, that the tourists based a team meeting in Edinburgh on tactics to counter it.
Ponting said: "There are only two Test matches to go so we better start getting things happening pretty quickly. I don't think there will be any personnel changes as far as the batting goes because all the guys are in good form and we have just made errors in judgment at times.
"There haven't been any real extravagant bad shots which have led to our downfalls we have just made little mental errors.
"We have had two really good wickets to bat on in the last two games and we have only just managed to get to 300 in our first innings both times. That is not good enough from our line-up, we should be making more runs than that and if we do we would take a lot of pressure off the bowlers in the second innings."