It may feel like an unnecessary extra ingredient but Joe Root is adamant Wednesday's inaugural Test against Ireland will whet appetites for the second half of this summer's glutinous cricketing feast.
There was hardly time for England to recover from their World Cup hangovers before they were back at Lord's to prepare for what they must convince themselves will be something more than glorified red-ball practice before the big one next week.
'The most important thing and the message for the squad is to play here with a huge amount of pride and passion,' said the Test captain ahead of a four-day match that remains the hors d'oeuvre before the main Ashes course.
Joe Root spoke to the media on Tuesday, ahead of England's Ashes warm-up against Ireland
England's players were put through their paces on a lush Lord's outfield ahead of the Test
'The intensity this week will set the tone for the rest of the summer. As long as we apply ourselves in the right manner and go into the game in that frame of mind then we will give a good account of ourselves.
'We don't want to sleepwalk into this. Any Lord's Test is a good chance to set a precedent for the way we want to play for the rest of the summer. I don't want anyone to walk into this and not be a hundred per cent on it. We can put down a marker.'
The challenge, then, for a different looking England team to the one that will walk out against Australia at Edgbaston next week is to grasp the opportunities presented them by the absences of the rested Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler and the injured Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
'We're lucky after such an emotional fire as the World Cup to have guys that are fresh and ready and full of energy,' said Root, who insisted he was also ready to throw himself back into red-ball duty. 'We couldn't be better placed in many ways. We've got to ride the wave of the World Cup and capitalise on it going into a six huge Tests.'
England have confirmed Anderson's absence for Wednesday and decided to hand a Test debut to Olly Stone even though he has played just two games for Warwickshire since being forced out of the tour of the Caribbean last winter with a stress fracture of the back.
But it is the second debutant in Jason Roy who will command most attention at the top of the order as he attempts to bring the explosive white-ball game that played such a big part in England's World Cup triumph to the Test arena.
Selection of Stuart Broad, who will take the new ball with Chris Woakes, is an intriguing one
Root (left) chats to coach Trevor Bayliss as they make their way off the Lord's pitch on Tuesday
Root had a simple message for Roy. Do it your way. 'I hope he doesn't try to play any differently,' insisted Root. 'I just want him to go out and express himself and trust his instincts as much as possible. He reads the game very well and he'll bring something