Help The Age's online sport reporter, Will Brodie, further his sporting education. Put him straight.
Will Brodie Prior to this Ashes series, the Australian team was labelled the worst to ever leave its shores on an Ashes quest.
Will Brodie Having trouble believing Australia has any chance of Ashes respectability? Here's 11 straws for to grasp at.
Will Brodie Australia's 2013 Ashes squad: Michael Clarke (C), Brad Haddin (VC), Jackson Bird, Ed Cowan, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Peter...
Will Brodie Melbourne Stars, hard-hit by the absence of the Big Bash league's best fast bowler Laisth Malinga, turn to a 35-year-old who has been playing club cricket.
Will Brodie The Renegades attempt to build on their winning start when they visit ANZ Stadium to take on Chris Gayle and the Thunder.