In the middle of next year the battle for the urn resumes, with England this time around playing host to the touring Australian side, in arguably the greatest sporting rivalry, the Ashes.

Planning for a series that carries the weight of a nation begins months in advance, and with the magnitude that the handful of tests bears, the stage is nearing a higher spot on the agenda.

It begs the question to be posed, that if the Ashes were to be scheduled right now without a moments notice, would Australia be capable of matching the firepower England possess within their lineup?

In light of their record breaking, game-changing, history making Test match England adopted a devastatingly attacking brand of cricket, to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.

The lifeless Rawalpindi wicket was pronounced dead on the morning of the first day in Pakistan, with curators responsible for dishing up a batting-friendly surface far beyond the means to warrant a result.

Spectators, commentators and players alike could forecast a drawn match being on the cards from the outset, when staring at the flat deck Pakistan bowlers were greeted with in the first innings.

However, the approach from the England camp was noticeable well before the toss, with the newly appointed head coach Brendon McCullum hatching a plan with selectors in the lead-up to be aggressive.

With the word aggressive a part of the vocabulary of McCullum, his attacking frame of mind was something he transferred subconsciously into his coaching playbook, post a decorated Black Caps career.

The tone was set by the experimental top order combination, with one-way traffic in the opening stanza, the tourists took a stranglehold on proceedings, mirroring what McCullum manifested pre game.

That was the narrative for the majority of the day, Pakistan chasing leather and on the back foot, but not without a chance to serve England a taste of their own medicine when their first dig came around.

Despite matching the efforts in chasing the mammoth total England set, time played a huge part in their reply leading to analysts and probability calculators all pointing to a draw.

Enter Ben Stokes, and the fine line between braveness and stupidity.

Stokes made the call to signal his side's declaration from the dressing room with the equation skewed in the favour of the hosts, and England an outside chance to do the unthinkable.

Ten wickets stood between them and a famous win on the final day, to be etched in history.

Pakistan crumbled under the unrelenting pressure cooker environment England created, with a manageable chase squandered by an Anderson and Robinson inspired bowling partnership.

In search for a result the willingness of both Stokes and McCullum to offer Pakistan a sense of hope by sending them in, the New Zealand-born pair proved fortune does in fact favour the brave.

The measured approach of Australia sending a balanced XI overseas to challenge England, may play into the hands of the hosts if the longevity of the coined term 'bazball' stands the test of time.

Australia will have to head to the drawing board in order to muster up an idea that can counter the attacking nature of England, who aren't deterred by the setup of the longer format.

With an ageing list, the Aussies will be left to ponder the likes of a tiring David Warner, who was troubled by the seaming movement of Stuart Broad, having his measure with the dukes ball in hand.

Travis Head has been trailed in an opening batting role, that worked wonders being crowned player of the series in the previous home Ashes, with his fearless attitude a rewarding trait.

Steve Smith and his partner in crime Marnus Labuschagne are automatic selections who can adjust through their gears to match any tempo England set, and thrived in the English conditions last time out.

Chair of selectors George Bailey, in tandem with head coach Andrew McDonald, will have their hands full in picking a team flexible enough and with the ability to flick the switch and pull on the attacking lever if necessary.

A surprise packet inclusion could be Western Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh who has proved his worth with punishing white ball form in recent years, that may translate to a fast paced brand of Test cricket.

In addition to Marsh, youngster Cameron Green has proved his worth over a small sample size in playing the role of aggressor, both to intimidate at the bowling crease and with bat in hand.

With the McCullum DNA imprinted on the Lions, it may attract other countries to try adopt their method, with the modern Test game seemingly redefined by the heroics of the England eleven.

With Captain Ben Stokes at the forefront of shaping the new age of English Cricket under the mould of McCullum, sitting at the helm, the signs are promising in the direction the Poms are heading.