Some vacancies are bigger than others. When Ricky Ponting dropped down from number three in 2011 it took four years for Steve Smith to cure the ills that plagued the slot.
Getting your name added to the honours board at Lord's, be it for a five-fer or a century, is something all professional cricketers dream of, and recently Chris Rogers and Steve Smith were given that accolade.
Amid the hysteria and hyperbole following England's poor performance at Lord's, it seems plenty have forgotten that Australia were clear favourites to win this series and England weren't.
Here are a few pertinent facts to know before watching Charlotte Edwards and company take on Ellyse Perry et al in the Women's Ashes.
Despite the pronouncements from within the Australian camp about him bowling so fast that the ball was only visible with space age technology, Mitchell Johnson had a lot to prove.