The last time England were humiliated 5-0 by Australia in an Ashes series at the end of 2006 and bright, fresh days of 2007, they faced the unedifying prospect of a triangular one-day series. Unedifying because everyone - Aussies, English and the Kiwis, who made the third point - reckoned that additional England horror shows could genuinely damage the sport's credibility in its birthland, and no-one really wanted that.
It was looking pretty bleak seven matches in. A three-wicket win against New Zealand for England had appeared to allay fears until they reverted to type and produced two of the worst performances on the tour, which was some swank. In Brisbane they were bowled out for 155 by Australia, losing with 68 balls remaining, and in Adelaide New Zealand skittled them for just 120.
Then something odd happened. England started winning. Indeed, they even made it to the three-match final. Perhaps they could pinch one to take it all the way and restore some pride? They did better than that. They won with a game to spare with a bewildered Australia not entirely sure what had gone wrong.
So there is a warning from history ahead of the five-match one-day series, which starts in Melbourne on Sunday. English cricketers can be a resilient bunch. Granted there has been not a crumb of evidence of that over the last two months but there was precious little of it seven years ago, too.
Don't fret, though. We are not about to make a case for backing England at 4.216/5. No, you would need your head examined for that. It's just we thought you should be aware of the incredible turnarounds possible in this great game of ours. Mind you, you probably knew that already following England's spectacular implosion.
Australia are not much fun, either at 1.351/3 so the correct score market provides the best value. The hosts are 3.9 to win 4-1 or 3-2, which look the most likely outcomes. The whitewash you say? That's a 7.26/1 chance.
Over the last 12 months of the formguide, it would be fair to say that Australia deserve their favourite status. They are ranked third, one place above England, in the ICC's ODI chart and have won 12 of the 20 matches they have played. They also came mighty close to upsetting world champions India in their own backyard.
In the summer they won 2-1 in the NatWest Series in England, another example of the Ashes hangover being suffered by the victors rather than the vanquished. Indeed, Australia's greatest threat in this series is themselves. If they have partied too hard or taken it too easy, they could come unstuck.
England have an average record over the same period, winning half of the games they have played. Man for man, however, they are weaker in the key department: batting. England have passed 300 just once in the last 12 months while Australia have done it nine times.
That is because Australia boast beefcakes with reputations for hitting which England cannot match. David Warner, Shane Watson, George Bailey (ask James Anderson), Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell put spectators in danger. Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara could argue they do the same but otherwise no hard hats will be required for Alastair Cook, Michael Carberry, Joe Root et al.
There is a definite gulf in power there. It's smaller with the ball but almost as important. Mitchell Johnson will be available for Australia, although expect him to have a rest along with Michael Clarke, the skipper, and Watson at some stage, while the rapid James Pattinson and admirable Clint McKay give them an edge.
Johnson is hot at 3.55/2 for top Aussie bowler and while there can be no arguing about his form, McKay has one more wicket in the last year, an inferior strike rate by 2.7 and is bigger at 4.57/2. He was also the top wicket-taker when the sides clashed in the summer.
At least Steven Finn might get a game for England. He is the No 4-ranked bowler in the world in this format and the 4.84/1 that he finishes as his team's top wicket-taker is a decent shout. Stuart Broad is jolly at 3.65. Ben Stokes, England's great white hope, was the best bowler with six victims in the NatWest. He is 7.613/2.
As for the top-bat markets, Finch is popular at 4.1. He has been in scintillating form in the Big Bash in Australia, topping the charts with 262 runs in five matches. George Bailey, the one Aussie who flopped in the Ashes, has more runs than any team-mate in the last 12 months and stands out at 5.14/1. He was brilliant in India and was noticeably sharp in England, too.
Buttler is probably England's best value wager. He has been getting game time in the Bash as well and he has looked in decent nick with 130 runs (making him the eighth-highest runscorer). He gets a quote of 7.06/1. Bopara and Morgan, also playing in the Twenty20 domestic Australia league, are 11.521/2 and 5.39/2 respectively. We wouldn't put you off having a nibble on Bopara at such inflated odds. Cook is 4.216/5.
A Finch top Australia series runscorer at 4.1
J Buttler top England series runscorer at 7.06/1