Gale force winds, torrential rain, temperatures struggling to get anywhere near double figures - yes, it's the cricket season again!
I can't say I'm full of confidence about England's hopes of winning back the Ashes - under Peter Moores, I think they missed several opportunities last summer to rebuild the team for the long term. I have a nasty feeling that Gary Ballance's lack of foot movement will be found out by the Aussie quicks, our own pace attack looks patchy, and much as I like Moeen Ali, I think we'll need a full-time spinner at some stage.
That said, though, I wouldn't write us off - the Aussies show every sign of being over-confident, but they've got plenty of ageing, injury-prone players, plus others who still have a lot to prove. It'll be interesting to see if Johnson and Starc look half as threatening on stodgy English wickets, and when things do go wrong for Johnson, he can implode spectacularly. So, my prediction is a high-scoring series, with three or even four draws, but the Aussies hanging on to the urn.
Very interesting piece here about the Aussie public's attitude to Michael Clarke - I'm amazed he still gets so much criticism.