Vice-captain Brad Haddin is one of several in Michael Clarke's team who might conceivably be scarred by back-to-back series defeats against England. The wicketkeeper is adamant he is not, and also at pains to emphasise the contributions which may be made this summer by a clutch of tourists in the infancy of their international careers.
Unlike Clarke, Haddin and Shane Watson, Australia's developing pace attack - Peter Siddle apart - are about to get their first chance to make an impact on England. "I think we've got some very exciting players in our squad," said Haddin.
"One thing we have in our favour is you just don't know what some of these guys are capable of on the international stage. We've got a lot of talent in that room and some very, very exciting cricketers. It's going to be exciting to see them unleashed in the biggest series of all."
Batsmen such as Ed Cowan and Chris Rogers, albeit both in their 30s, come into that category. But it is a clutch of fast bowlers, led by the potential of James Pattinson, that Haddin sees as an especially enticing prospect.
"They're exciting and they can't wait to have a crack in this Test match," he said. "We're just holding them back a bit and keeping their emotions intact, so we can let them loose."
Haddin, unsurprisingly, does not subscribe to the theory that he and some of his team-mates have yet to move on from the disappointment of Ashes defeats in England in 2009 and then on home soil in 2010/11.
"We have. I don't think you guys have," he said at Monday's press conference. "I think it's important to live in the moment ... there's no point worrying what's gone before. The two losses we've had are always going to hurt. We'd like to make amends for that in this series, and our progress over the last few weeks has been good."
Australia inherited a new coach just last month when former Ashes-winner Darren Lehmann replaced the sacked Mickey Arthur. Lehmann's style is to encourage a convivial atmosphere, in which he hopes his team can discuss cricket and continue their learning curves over a post-match drink or two together.
Australia are under no orders to avoid their opponents socially, but it does not appear at this stage that the tourists will be seeking out England's company. Haddin added: "We're grown men. We can talk to whoever we want. It's two days out (from the start of the series). We're pretty comfortable with where we're at. We don't need to go find anyone else."
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