Not since 1981 have England won the Ashes three times in succession.
But as they travel from Manchester to Durham for the start of the fourth Investec Test on Friday, Alastair Cook's team are ideally placed to complete a historic treble begun under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss.
England were indebted to the weather on Monday, after they had stumbled to a precarious 37 for three and were then spared having to bat out another 72 overs when the long-forecast rain arrived at last.
Cook and Co could therefore celebrate an initial job done, with a 2-0 lead intact and only two more Tests to play, but not for long before the captain retrains minds collectively on the next task.
"The first objective was to retain the Ashes. Now we want to go on and win them and we need to up our levels a little bit at Durham," Cook said.
"The goal was to retain the Ashes. Now we want to win them, either at Durham or The Oval."
England have made a virtue of staying in the present under the captaincy of Cook and with Andy Flower as a steely coach, and they will be looking no further ahead initially than their next assignment at Chester-le-Street.
The prospect of their next Ashes campaign, which starts in Brisbane in November thanks to an unprecedented schedule of back-to-back series, will definitely not be up for discussion any time soon.
"We've made a conscious effort not to put the two series together," said Cook.
"When we get to Australia, we'll concentrate on trying to win them again."
England have added pace bowlers Chris Tremlett and Graham Onions in a squad of 13 for Chester-le-Street to the XI who played in Manchester.
:: England squad for fourth Investec Test against Australia at Emirates Durham ICG, starting on August 9: AN Cook (Captain), JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, IR Bell, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, G Onions, KP Pietersen, MJ Prior (wkt), JE Root, GP Swann, CT Tremlett, IJL Trott
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