Australia are on the verge of another memorable one-day series victory in India, but Brad Haddin can't shake the Ashes from his mind.
Following two games abandoned due to unseasonably heavy rain, the Australians are now just one win away from securing the best-of-seven series.
It would be their fourth ODI series victory since 2001 - a period in which they've lost only one series - on Indian soil.
Haddin is well aware that Wednesday's game six in Nagpur could provide the series-clinching moment Australia desire.
But with England arriving on Australian shores a couple of days ago in search of a fourth-consecutive Ashes series win, he can't help but let his mind wander.
"Yeah I'm counting down the days. Everyone is," Haddin told AAP.
"You can't hide behind it.
"It's going to be a massive series at home.
"To be honest, it's hard not to think about it.
"I'm as excited as anyone to be back playing against the Poms in another campaign at home."
But before that happens, Haddin wants to ensure Australia return home with a series victory in their grasp.
Australian legend and former selector Merv Hughes slammed the ODI tour, which finishes three weeks before the the Gabba Test, as poor preparation for the Ashes.
But for Haddin the tour, which has enhanced the Ashes prospects of batsman George Bailey and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, has built confidence.
"It's been very good preparation for this group," Haddin said.
"(This one day team) has shown that we're starting to build a big squad of players capable of playing high-quality cricket.
"That's what we've showed this tour."
Australia have moved ever closer to the series win following the game four and five washouts in Ranchi and Cuttack.
India need to win both remaining games to trump the Australians; with the true value of James Faulkner's 30-run blitz against Ishant Sharma in Mohali now starting to shine through.
"Next game is a big game for us. If we win that we obviously win the series," Haddin said.
"You'd like to wrap up the series as quick as you possibly can.
"I think we've played the better cricket to be in the position we are."
Haddin's thoughts echoed those of opening batsman Aaron Finch, who said the pressure was all on the home side.
"It's definitely positive being 2-1 up, it's better than being 2-1 down, isn't it?" Finch said.
"It's like a mini final series. India have to win (both games) to win the series, we have to win one to win the series."So that's a position that we obviously are happy being in, being 2-1 up."