England will have taken few markers from their npower series stroll against Bangladesh - but touring captain Habibul Bashar did give them a positive sign ahead of the Ashes.
The Bangladeshis were defeated twice, at Lord's and the Riverside, in a combined time of 13 sessions, as Michael Vaughan's team completed the formalities of a fifth straight successful Test campaign, the best run since a quintet of victories between 1969-71.
Such alacrity makes the form of the team as a whole difficult to judge but they were more of a handful than Australia, according to Habibul.
When comparing their defeats in Australia two years ago and this 2-0 loss, Habibul said: "We found it a bit harder here. When we played in Australia we managed to play better than we did here."
Only five Englishman got a bat while Australia lost 11 wickets in their two wins, both also by an innings, the second of which saw Bangladesh bat for the entire first day and tax the hosts until lunch on the fourth.
Surprisingly perhaps, England plundered their 975 runs at more than five-perover while the Australians went along at below four.
Statistics against the Asian minnows will be irrelevant, of course, when the main summer showpiece gets going on July 21 but Habibul's experience tells him there is little difference between the two countries presently.
"The England team is really competitive now, they are more professional and I think they are in top form at the moment," he added.
"But overall it is difficult to compare both sides as they are equally placed and not easy to separate."
At least seven of England's first-choice Test team will have no more first-class action until the Lord's opener, although Matthew Hoggard gets the chance to address his no-ball plague after being given the all- clear to represent Yorkshire in the Roses match at Headingley this week.
Hoggard, who overstepped 23 times in four Bangladesh innings, was troubled by ankle and hip niggles but got the green light at a fitness assessment today.
Although the 28-year-old bagged 14 wickets in the two matches, as well as a surprise man-of-the-match award at Chester-le-Street, both he and county colleague Vaughan have some concern about his current form.
"With these new balls in England it sometimes doesn't swing for the first ten or 12 overs," Vaughan said.
"It is a plan we might use throughout the whole summer: if it is not swinging, Matthew Hoggard might be taken off early and brought back later.
"He is the first to admit that over the two games he has struggled for rhythm.
"That is something he is going to have to get right over the next four or five weeks. He has also got to get his noball problem right."
Hoggard, who was shelved after claiming only one wicket in two Ashes contests in 2002-03 before returning to grab five in the final win in Sydney, was more philosophical when he said: "It is nice to bowl badly and get wickets.
"It makes up for all the bad times when you are bowling well and you don't take wickets - so I will take them any which way they come."
His accolade, a second man-of-the-match award in four appearances following his memorable 12-wicket bag in Johannesburg in January, might easily have gone to Warwickshire's Ian Bell, whose maiden hundred swelled his Test average to a whopping 297.
That will inevitably decrease against the Australians but coach Duncan Fletcher was pleased with the way the 23-year-old handled his opportunity to stake a claim for a permanent place.
"The scoring rate was high and the way he handled the situation was pleasing," Fletcher said.
Meanwhile, Bell's Edgbaston team-mate Ashley Giles will have his injured right hip checked before he joins up with the rest of the one-day squad on Thursday evening.