The Australian camp feels it gathered valuable intelligence on England during the pink-ball tour match in Adelaide, with Cricket Australia XI coach Ryan Harris saying that the tourists' batting is "vulnerable" without vice-captain Ben Stokes and describing Alastair Cook's batting as "rusty".
England completed a 192-run victory over the CA XI early on day four at Adelaide Oval, with the tourists routing the CA XI for just 75 in their second innings. But despite his team being on the end of a heavy defeat, Harris said Australia could take plenty from the match ahead of the first Test in Brisbane which begins on Thursday week.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann was at the ground on Friday as England lost 6-31 after tea in their second innings. Jonny Bairstow showed pluck with 61 not out, but the tourists were still bowled for 207. No English player has yet made a century on tour, and neither of the team's two most senior batsmen - captain Joe Root and his predecessor Cook - have had ideal preparations for the series.
Cook has just 47 runs from three innings in the warm-up games, and looked unconvincing in his 32 on Friday.
Asked about Cook's form, Harris considered sugar-coating his assessment. "How I could be nice?," Harris pondered, before continuing.
"I think he looked a bit rusty, I guess.
"I'm sure he'll look forward to another hit next week. But we all know what he can do. You don't score over 10,000 runs and not be any good."
Root - the No.2 ranked Test batsman in the world - has fared slightly better, making 58 in the first innings in Adelaide, but still has only 68 runs from three knocks on tour.
Harris hinted that Australia would focus on Root. "He's world-class, and the captain. We've been known to target the captain when we play against them," Harris said.
Asked whether England's batting was vulnerable, Harris said "I think it is, absolutely," noting the continued absence of star all-rounder Stokes, who was stood down pending the findings of a police investigation in an alleged assault in Bristol in September.
But Harris said Australia's bowlers would need to ensure England's batting weaknesses were exploited. "Again it depends on how the boys bowl to them. If the boys bowl loose and wide, they won't have any troubles," he said.
"We've got some good intel and some good knowledge on what we want to do, which I'll pass onto our bowlers.
"The coach was here, he saw them bat yesterday so he saw a bit as well. That's why we play these games, we're allowed to get intel on them so I'll take as much back as I can. I'm seeing the guys next week."
CA XI all-rounder Matt Short had set the tone for Harris' comments on Friday night. "I think the Aussies in the Test matches will get up on them," Short said.
"I think we've found out a couple of their batsmen, we've had a few of the senior coaches here watching as well."
The CA XI face England in another four-day match in Townsville, which begins on Wednesday.
However CA XI captain Tim Paine's involvement in that match remains in question, with the wicketkeeper flying to Melbourne after being added to Tasmania's Sheffield Shield squad for the match against Victoria which starts on Monday.
If not selected in the Tasmania XI, Paine will fly to Townsville, but if he does play for his state, the CA XI will need a new skipper and keeper.