The only question mark that remains about the line ups of the two teams once the series gets underway is who England should pick to bowl spin.
Australia have lost fast bowler Ryan Harris to an injury-induced retirement, and will be gutted to be without him on English decks, where he had such a great impact last time they played in the UK.
Regular Ashes predictions are so boring, so we've whipped up a set of more interesting gambles, with a few serious ones thrown in, with the help of colleagues and blogging friends.
As the first Ashes Test in Cardiff approaches, here is the obligatory 'key battles' piece that the cricketing laws require every outlet to publish.
In their efforts to make the England cricket team more palatable, the ECB set up an interview with skipper Alastair Cook and two kids.