Michael Clarke will enjoy one last Test match as the Australia captain before retirement, and while sentimentality has not always been the Australian way, the circumstances of this tour make it understandable.
Australia humiliated by Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge.
The fourth Test at Trent Bridge represents an opportunity for Alastair Cook to put an end to nearly two years of intense pressure.
After becoming the first Australia captain to oversee 12 Test defeats away from home, Michael Clarke conceded his personal drought with the bat from No4 meant his side were playing this Ashes series with 10 men and suffering because of it.
Glancing at the cover of the match programme during Australia’s recent tour game at Essex, one could see the increasing absurdity of Michael Clarke being nicknamed Pup.
Here we go again. From the frequency with which Ashes series come around you might think that this entertainment has been commissioned by the same people who bring us Strictly, MasterChef or Downton Abbey. Find a winning formula and squeeze it dry.
Pakistan will play World Cup co-hosts and favourites Australia in the third quarter-final from 0330 GMT in Adelaide.