Andrew Flintoff prizes England's winning spirit under Michael Vaughan ahead of all the riches of individual talent at the captain's disposal as the tourists prepare to take on Pakistan in a three-Test series.
Flintoff - who along with his fellow ICC Super Series participant Steve Harmison joined up with the rest of England's Ashes heroes in Lahore yesterday morning - proved himself one of a clutch of players capable of turning the course of any Test match on his own last summer, in his case with either bat or ball.
But England's premier allrounder sees the enduring togetherness in the England side as the quality to serve them best in what are likely to be trying circumstances over the next seven weeks.
He is in no doubt either that Vaughan deserves much of the credit for a team who are so happy in each others' company and eager to do well together.
"The spirit is something which has come together over the past two and a half years or so, since Michael has taken over," he said.
"Just arriving here this morning I can already see it is pretty much where it was when I was last with the team. The new lads seem to have fitted in well."
The embattled nature of a tour of Pakistan, especially in a political climate which means security is a significant issue, is unlikely to adversely affect England's most important asset either - according to Flintoff.
"In some ways a trip like this enhances the spirit, because you spend all your time together in each others' pockets," he said.
"You come closer as a side, if that is possible from where we were when the Ashes finished. We have come so far as a side and we want to keep improving."
For that to happen England must do their homework on how best to channel their talents in an alien climate and on unfamiliar pitches.
Flintoff, for one, has been giving this plenty of thought, as well as receiving some expert input from his former Lancashire team-mate and great Pakistani pace-bowling all-rounder Wasim Akram.
"I have been out here three times before and I chatted to Wasim last week," he said.
"There are passages of play here where you can take wickets, and you have to identify them quickly.
"There will be other times where you need to sit in - as you do with the bat - and others where you can attack and go for the stumps."
One man who will be unable to help Flintoff do just that is much- improved reverse- swing exponent Simon Jones, out of the tour with an ankle injury.
His absence is a setback, Flintoff admits, but not necessarily an entirely debilitating one for a frontline England pace attack completed by Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard.
"Simon Jones isn't here, which is a blow, because we came together as a foursome," he said, promising he is ready to bowl the extra overs if that is what is required.
"It doesn't necessarily mean my workload is going to get any more.
"It's a chance for somebody else, a young bowler, to come into the side. But whatever my workload is, I'll take it on and do whatever Vaughany asks of me." As Flintoff readies himself for the start of England's second and final warm-up match against Pakistan A on Sunday before three Tests in quick succession beginning next weekend in Multan, he is impatient to get stuck in to help the team progress as they bid to follow up their unexpected Ashes success of last summer.
Many have identified victory away from home on the sub continent as the hallmark of a true world-beating side, and Flintoff is determined to prove England's credentials.
"You can take a lot of confidence and heart from what happened in the summer, without getting carried away," he said.
"The Ashes were fantastic, and winning them was the highlight of my career to date.
"But playing in Pakistan holds new challenges."