One thing has become abundantly clear during the latter part of this Ashes series: Australia are already desperately attempting to stir up their supporters for the return contest.
In what is a very unusual calendar for the two sides, a second Ashes series will get under way later this year with the tour beginning as early as October 31 when England take on Western Australia.
The first Ashes Test Down Under begins on November 21 in Brisbane after three warm-up matches, and Darren Lehmann's astonishing rant at "blatant cheat" Stuart Broad has effectively got Australia's hype-prep moving in earnest.
Lehmann, in a now famous broadside, detailed how and why he expected Australian cricket fans to tear into Broad and the England players.
"From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home," he said. "I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he's carried on and the way he's commented in public about it is ridiculous.
"Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past. I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard.
"He hit it to first slip ... and the biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in (the) paper and Stuart Broad makes them look like fools. From my point of view it's poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him."
Far from distancing himself and the other players from Lehmann's extraordinary incitement of abuse towards Broad and England, Shane Watson backed up his coach's views after scoring a magnificent big century on day one at The Oval.
"I'm happy with that," Watson said of Lehmann's comments. "It will deflect from the Australian team because in the last home series it was like a match in England because of the noise from the Barmy Army."
And this is why Lehmann is prepared to come out with such character-shattering rants, because he knows that a ferocious atmosphere generated from the Australian supporters this winter will be a crucial factor for his beleaguered side.
But the Australia coach is looking in the wrong place for fight and aggression: he should be imploring his players to show greater passion and conviction, not advocating that fans unnecessarily abuse and target Broad and opposing players.
England did party like crazy in the last Ashes series Down Under, but that was largely due to the fact that Andrew Strauss's side were well on top and dominating out on the field.
That is where Lehmann should be looking to turn things around: on the pitch, not in the stands.
As Nasser Hussain told the Daily Mail in rather ominous fashion: "It will only take one drunken idiot taking Lehmann seriously and there could be big trouble."
That's exactly why it must be down to the players to show battling qualities and represent fierce competitors on the field - not something that can have been said of Australia for a good while.
By allowing his players to rely upon public intervention from supporters to upset England, Lehmann is ensuring that they will continue to not take responsibility for their own performances in the middle.
England's travelling supporters may well have made their presence felt during the last Ashes tour, but Australia's concern should be entirely focused around producing a significant improvement after having lost three successive series.
'Boof' and his players must take responsibility and stop over-complicating what is essentially a simple game. Results in Ashes series do not come down to the supporters; they never have done and never will do.
Lehmann should leave the fans out of it and allow them to simply enjoy the cricket they have paid handsomely to watch.
Better still from Australia's perspective, give them something to cheer about, rather than to get angry about.