A lot of cricket has changed since the World Cup final, and for good reason.
Australia, England and New Zealand have all moved on to the Ashes.
The format has changed from the four-day format to a double-header, with England and Australia facing each other on two separate days.
Both sides are expected to get their best out of their batsmen and bowlers.
New Zealand has a new captain, with all-rounder Brendon McCullum taking over for captain Michael Clarke.
England have experienced some success against the All Blacks in the World Series, but have not played the side since 2007.
And, for the first time, both teams are expected on home soil for the Ashes, after a week off for the Caribbean Cup and a week of testing.
As a result, it will be a big test for both sides.
For England, captain Andrew Strauss has said they will be trying to get the best from their bowlers, but will also be looking to put pressure on Australia.
“It will be the first Test for both teams,” Strauss said.
Australia will look to play with the same mentality they have played with in the past. “
But, we have got a few different guys who can give us a little bit of consistency.”
Australia will look to play with the same mentality they have played with in the past.
They will want to get out there and do what they do best, which is get on top of opponents and score runs.
That will be hard for England.
It is a new format, which means that Australia will be relying on their bowler, James Faulkner, to do what he does best.
He is a fast bowler, so if you take away his pace, that’s not an option, he said.
This is a tough series for them, Strauss said, with both teams wanting to be the best they can.
But it will also give England a chance to get some experience and get some wins.
ESPNcricinfo’s Stuart MacGillis has more.