England were stunned by a resurgent Australian side in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston despite being in the dominant position for a prolonged duration of the match.
Emblematic of the fickle nature of Test cricket, the game turned on its head following a stunning rescue act from star batter Steve Smith across both innings.
If the batting heroics were not enough to herald Australia's charge, the hosts were knocked out for a mere 146 runs on the board on the final day of the Birmingham Test in pursuit of the enormous target of 398.
Cognizant of the fact they failed to seize the advantage in the opening game, England hope to improve on their performance as they bank on a new-look pace attack in the absence of James Anderson.
While no changes were made to England's batting unit, it is the bowling that has been beefed up - albeit lacking experience - to trouble Australia's line-up.
Reflecting on the plans employed against Smith, skipper Joe Root warned his counterpart to expect a different strategy this time around.
"In the second innings, we tried to chase things a little bit. We maybe tried to be slightly too aggressive early on to him, let him get in. So I think we'll go about things slightly differently."
Meanwhile, all things clicked for Australia in the first match of the World Test Championship and they head into the encounter with their confidence skyrocketing.
While top-order woes barring the excellent Smith are a bit of a concern, Matthew Wade's imperious return to form with a fluent century adds much-needed depth to the batting department.
The visitors have gone in with the solitary change of dropping James Pattinson in a bid to test the bench strength in pace bowling with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood inducted into the 12-man squad.
England's fast bowling prodigy, Jofra Archer has already been talked up as his side's promised saviour to avoid them facing a 2-0 deficit in the five-match series.
Fast-tracked into the national side as soon as the Barbadian was eligible to play for England, Archer had his moment of fame in the World Cup where he finished the tournament with 20 wickets at an average of 23.05.
He has been labelled as England's 'X-factor' owing to his ability to consistently rack up speeds in excess of 90 mph and his Test debut is keenly awaited by fans.
Australia opted to leave out the in-form Joe Burns to select the returning duo of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft as part of the Ashes squad.
Warner and Bancroft marked their first Test since the expiry of their respective bans for ball-tampering with paltry contributions posing question marks over the selectors' wisdom.
Bancroft, in particular, will be under the cosh to make the opportunity count and reassure his place in the Test line-up is safe.
England: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Sam Curran
Australia: Tim Paine (c & wk), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood