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.
"In the UAE (3-0 defeat against Pakistan last winter) I picked up a decent amount of wickets, and it was an honour to be named in the ICC Test team of the year.
"But as a team, we didn't have that successful a year.
"I didn't contribute with the bat as much as I could have done, so that's a real focus for me. I want to put both parts of my game together.
"I seem to have gone through my career having runs with the bat or ball, but not together. My next short-term goal is to squeeze both those attributes together."