Stuart Broad will inevitably play a pivotal role as England seek to regroup under a new captain, reacquaint themselves with their most talented batsman and restate their Test match credentials in exacting conditions.
Under Alastair Cook, about to cut his teeth as a permanent Test captain on one of the most arduous tours, Broad and Kevin Pietersen, back in the fold after his recent exile, are two key constituents in a collective cause.
And Broad is determined to embrace an environment which has rarely brought out the best in his compatriots on recent tours, saying: "You're never satisfied. I'm lucky to be in the position I'm in, but I'm not satisfied with where I am. You've always got to push for further."
England will need the same intent after a patchy 12 months in which they lost their world number one status against South Africa.
"The past year has personally been quite a successful one," said Broad.