Michael Clarke (captain)
An inventive captain and one of the game's premier batsmen, Clarke represents the biggest threat in Australia's line-up as his ton at Brisbane showed. Having begun his career in an era of Australian dominance, he carries a similar swagger in the way he approaches the game and is the only truly great performer with the bat in their current line-up, possessing comfortably the best average of 52.
Brad Haddin (wicketkeeper)
A steadying influence behind the stumps and pugnacious batsman, Haddin is no longer at his best but continues to thrive in difficult situations. His 71 in the first Test of this series, which nearly helped Australia chase 311 to win, illustrated his thirst for the big occasion. His crucial runs at the Gabba, 94 and 53, aided a 381-run victory.
Australia's Twenty20 international skipper and stand-in one-day international leader, Bailey in the series opener was finally given a chance in the Test arena. He is a dependable middle-order batsman capable of prospering all round the wicket and headed into the rubber in the form of his career having struck 478 runs at a stunning average of 95 in a recent 50-over series against India.
An all-rounder who epitomises the aggressive mentality often associated with Australian cricketers, Faulkner made his bow in the longest form against England in this summer's fifth and final Investec Test, producing a solid display. He is a canny bowler and big-hitting batsman and, although he did not play in Brisbane, could bring some further balance to an Australia side featuring a raft of bowling options.
One of the finest pacemen in the world when fully fit, the injury-plagued Harris displayed his vast quality in England this summer. He ended as Australia's second-leading wicket-taker with 24 scalps at a stunning average of 19.58, which is three shy of his outstanding career mark. A constant thorn in the hosts' side during the summer, he will be targeting an even better return in home conditions.
Johnson returned to the Test arena at the Gabba with a devastating man-of-the-match display, featuring nine wickets and 103 runs. The left-armer's searing pace unsettled England and, if he can uncharacteristically remain consistent throughout the series, he will be a major threat with the ball. Johnson's exploits at Brisbane were in contrast to many of his previous Ashes Tests, with the notable exception of Perth three years ago when he claimed another nine-wicket match haul.
Unfortunate to not be chosen for the opening two matches of the series in England, Lyon showed himself to be a steady performer over the last three. The off-spinner claimed nine wickets in that period and proved an excellent foil for the pacemen once more at the Gabba, with impressive match figures of 4-63.
A revelation during the aforementioned rubber in England, Rogers offered some much-needed stability at the top of Australia's order. The opening encounter at Trent Bridge was only the veteran's second in Tests - it came five years after his first - and yet he was able to strike 367 runs at an average above 40 over the five, including a memorable century at the Emirates Durham ICG.
The workhorse in the Australia attack, Siddle showed improved skill and typical determination during the summer. Having begun the reverse tour with 5-50 at Trent Bridge, he could not repeat his heroics of three years ago at the Gabba, where he claimed a hat-trick in 2010. However, he was economical in Australia's comfortable victory this time and will not let up at England.
A vastly improved batsman if average leg-spinner, Smith headed into the series on something of a high having struck a maiden Test century at the Kia Oval in his last outing. The punchy and powerful middle-order batsman should find home conditions to his liking with the Kookaburra ball famously offering minimal movement once the shine comes off.
So often the pantomime villain over the summer, Warner has turned a new page during the Australian season so far and he continued his upward curve with 49 and 124 in Brisbane. That was an extension of the form he had displayed in the domestic game, recently enjoying a run of three List A centuries in four matches - including a stunning 197 - as well as striking 104 and 51 not out in a Sheffield Shield contest.
As has often been the case in Watson's career, he went into the series with an injury cloud hanging over his head having suffered a hamstring strain in India. He was fit to play and batted at number three, from where he struck a format-best 176 at the Kia Oval in his previous Test. Watson's seam bowling was restricted to two second-innings maidens at the Gabba, in part due to the relatively short length of England's innings.