Australia captain Ricky Ponting set off for home claiming England were under more pressure than his side ahead of the Ashes.
Ponting led a successful expedition to the Sub-continent, where the Australians claimed their first ICC Champions Trophy title, and his next assignment will be to toss the coin in Brisbane in little over a fortnight.
England arrived Down Under at the weekend to defend the urn hours before Australia cantered to an eight-wicket win over West Indies in the Brabourne Stadium final.
Full focus is now on the five-match Test series and, when considering whether holders or hosts were under more pressure, Ponting said: "I think it's probably them, it's definitely England.
"There are more questions being asked of them and their team and their fitness than there are of us.
"Our record this year has been very good, their record has not been so good. They have won five of their 13 Tests and we've won 11 out of 12.
"Everyone back in Australia is saying we're going to start favourites, and if that's the case then it probably does take a bit of the pressure off and puts it on to them. That is how I see it."
Australia are an ageing side, particularly so in contrast to their opponents who will have a handful of players under the age of 25.
Three of the men to shine for England in Tests this year  Ian Bell, Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar  are all vying for selection for the November 23 opener.
Bell struggled in the 2-1 win last summer, particularly against Shane Warne, but has gained confidence from some good form since, while Cook and Panesar have yet to face the Australians at international level.
"With the sort of pace and bounce we are going to be able to get on our wickets it will hopefully help to get Cook and Bell undone," Ponting said.
"Obviously Warney had a very good run against Bell last time around. We definitely had the better of him.
"He is technically pretty sound and it's going to be how he reacts to the pressure we put on him throughout the series.
"All three of those players have had some sort of impact and we'll need to have a good look at what they're doing. They are good players and we are going to have to scrutinise their games pretty heavily and try to find their weaknesses and faults."
Australia notched the first win of the winter in Jaipur last month but Ponting insists their displays here will have no effect on their Test credentials.
"I know England pumped their tyres up a bit, judging themselves against us in the semi-final of the last Champions Trophy," Ponting said.
"It will be interesting to see if they make the same assessment of themselves after the last game we played against them. What you want to do as a team obviously is win every game you can. Winning does breed confidence, no doubt about it.
"We will go home nice and confident to prepare for the Test match but when we walk out on the field for the first day's play in Brisbane we will not be thinking of what we have done here."
With England's limited preparations now under way, Australia's players will get just one four-day game themselves before the real stuff begins  the Pura Cup games this coming week are expected to be star-studded affairs.
"Unless there is a little niggling injury which someone needs a week to get over then I would imagine everyone would be playing, just to get used to seeing a red ball, bowling a red ball and being out in the field for a day-and-a-half," said Ponting. "That is what we need."
Australia's biggest selection headache for the opening match is who will back up Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee in the pace department.
Stuart Clark and Shaun Tait showed they are in the groove in New South Wales' win over South Australia at the weekend while left-armers Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Bracken will also be in the shake-up.
"It will be a tough decision and it will look after itself when we get back home," Ponting said.
"If you look back at England in the last Ashes their variety was their great strength. Although they were all right-arm bowlers they had Matthew Hoggard swinging the new ball, Steve Harmison banging it into the wicket, Andrew Flintoff doing a bit of both and Simon Jones bowling reverse swing very well  so they had all bases covered.
"You always want variety but at the end of the day you have to pick your best bowlers; guys capable of taking 20 wickets in a Test for you.
"If that happens to be McGrath and Clarke then that is the way we go. But there is a little bit of cricket to play with and whichever way we go I will be pretty confident with any of those guys taking the field."