Harry Brook will be spending his entire winter trying to get one over the Aussies, so he might as well start early against Hobart Hurricanes tomorrow.
The Yorkshire batsman, 19, is flying from Abu Dhabi to Sydney on Sunday for a winter of grade cricket with the University of New South Wales Club.
Brook will fly with team-mates Jordan Thompson and Matthew Waite, who are playing for Mosman and Bankstown respectively.
It means that all three could come up against either or both David Warner and Steve Smith as they begin their comebacks from bans for ball tampering.
Warner is playing for Randwick Petersham and Smith for Sutherland, where Shane Watson also plays and Jack Leaning has spent a winter or two.
“I’m going to Sydney on a horrible 13 or 14 hour flight!” smiled Brook.
“But it should be good, and I’m really looking forward to it.
“My agent has sorted it out. There’s an Academy I’m going on as well called IPC Sydney, and I’m going on that with Tommo and Waitey.
“I think we train two or three times a week and get to play with some other English lads.”
On the prospect of facing the likes of Smith, Warner and Watson, Brook said: “You want to play against the best players and learn as much as you can from them.
“I think my team are playing Warner’s at the minute and got them out quite cheaply.
“I won’t get to play against him unfortunately, but I should come up against Smith and Watson. They are all good experiences.”