Who will support James Anderson and Stuart Broad at the Gabba has been one of the most difficult questions of England's tour so far.
Nothing Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn or Boyd Rankin has done at any point in the three warm-up matches has provided an obvious solution either - outside the England camp, at least.
Yet bowling coach David Saker announced on Sunday, minutes after the squad arrived in town to prepare for this week's first match of five, that he and his management colleagues have made a decision.
"I think we're pretty clear in our minds where we're going to go," he said.
"There's a few more days to go. I'm not going to announce who's going to play.
"But we're confident where we are ... we're pretty clear who we're going to pick, and we'll go from there."
All is not entirely lost for the two contenders currently out in the cold, however.
Saker concedes that net practice on Tuesday or even Wednesday could just about conceivably cause a late rethink.
"There probably is a chance that it would be up for grabs, but we're pretty clear.
"If someone wants to jump the queue, they've got a couple of days to do that."
Whoever gets the nod will bring with him pros and cons, and is likely to find himself put under pressure by hosts trying to spot a weak link as England seek a fourth successive Ashes series win.
Saker added: "Teams might target certain players on our team, but we pride ourselves as a group to do the job really well.
"I know as a bowling group we'll put pressure on them.
"If they do want to come after our bowlers, good luck to them - if they're good enough to do that.
"But if they're doing that, there's a good chance we'll get some chances."
When Tremlett was rested for England's final warm-up match - which finished in victory over an Australian Invitational XI in Sydney on Saturday - some interpreted evidence that his place at the Gabba is already sealed.
Others argued the opposite, while Finn's flattering eight-wicket match haul and Rankin's gradual improvement merely muddied the waters.
If doubts persist, there are none - in Saker's mind, certainly - about off-spinner Graeme Swann, and his ability to contain and then attack as and when required this winter.
"I think he's proven across his career that he can stand up to any sort of pressure or any situation.
"He's done it on all surfaces around the world, and he's done it really well for us.
"When the ball's not spinning he does a great job for us just holding, and when it's his turn to take the game by the scruff of the neck he tends to do that.
"I'm really confident he'll keep doing the role he does really well.
"We see him as a guy that can win us the game late on, not so much early.
"Our seamers are the ones we need to put pressure on days one and two, and Graeme comes into it late in the game."
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