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Rarely have I looked forward to a series as much as this Ashes summer. That most treasured of urns is on the table, to be auctioned, the team with the greatest offering of courage, belief and verve taking the prize.
The cricket should be scintillating, as both teams realise the importance of taking the game to the opposition, of enforcing any advantage however slight, and not taking a backwards step.
For the first time since Australia won the Ashes in 1989, the shroud of invincibility which has been the Green Caps' constant adornment is looking a little ragged, and with it the sense of fear and inferiority opposition teams have felt is starting to wane.
McGrath, Kasprowicz and Gillespie have only just broken the 80mph barrier this summer, hardly likely to have the England batsmen reaching for their chest guards, and Brett Lee has an average Test record. Warne is still a commanding presence, he's been talismanic in previous Ashes series, but can his charisma and ability carry a moribund seam attack?
England, on the other hand, have a wealth of young seam bowlers, accustomed to success and confident of their ability.
The Australian batting line-up is still world-class, but I think that the chances of Harmisson et al running through them is greater than the Australians doing likewise to England.
England's batting looks solid and in Vaughan, they have a captain who has risen to the Antipodean challenge and proven himself to be world-class.
I am particularly interested to see how the less established players conduct themselves: Warwickshire's own Ian Bell is a good example.
In the past, new players have almost kowtowed to the mighty Australians, but I hope that the environment fostered by Vaughan and Fletcher will inculcate a sense of authority, in that Ian and the others will look to set the terms of the contest and not react to the conditions created by the Australians.
I would also love to see Pietersen accommodated in the team (not at the expense of Bell, though), to see if that bravura he has demonstrated in the one-day arena translates to the longer game. The thought of him and Flintoff extirpating Australian hopes of triumph with monstrous, crowd-delighting sixes is one which thrills me. I'd dearly love to witness such an event.
I should at this point introduce a large, potentially facesaving caveat. Australia's present travails have occurred in the one-day game, a far cry from Test cricket.
The Australians have been the best Test team in the world by a country mile, and they have achieved feats no other team has done. They have come through tough times with flying colours and they possess batsmen and bowlers who have so much talent and belief, and who have produced performances in the most pressurised of circumstances.
If England are to succeed this summer, it will require Herculean performances from several members of the team. Any weaknesses shown by England in the past, have been ruthlessly exploited by the marauding Australians.
This will be the most fascinating of summers, a behemothic celebration of one of the longest standing rivalries in the sporting world.