England and Australia line up for the 65th time on Wednesday as the 2009 Ashes begins in Cardiff.
Australia hold the diminutive urn after a comprehensive 5-0 thrashing in 2006/07, but have since lost a number of iconic players including the greatest leg-spinner in Test history, Shane Warne.
Chastened by their last experience down under, England will aim to evoke the spirit of 2005, when they broke Australia's stranglehold with a brilliant 2-1 series win on home soil.
BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji examines both teams and how they are shaping up for the five-Test series.
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