Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin were each just one year old when England last beat Australia in Perth.
No other player on either team was born when England won at the WACA Ground in 1978.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann was eight and old enough to recall an Australian side ravaged by World Series Cricket as well as Rodney Hogg's 10- wicket haul and the mandatory mix-up between openers Graeme Wood and Rick Darling.
Yet for all of Australia's dominance at a ground where pace and bounce have inspired generations of pacemen, neither team considered history would carry any weight when the third Test started on Friday.
"Our record at Perth is of no relevance whatsoever," England captain Alastair Cook said of a history that includes one win and eight losses - including the last six in a row - from 12 visits.
"You can say we haven't won there for however many years, but it's totally irrelevant to this team. We have to go there as this side in 2013 and deliver something very special, otherwise we're not going to do what we've come to do."
Michael Clarke harbours similar sentiments about a home team history that is instructive but ultimately meaningless once the match begins. He also has no reason to believe Australia are indestructible at the WACA Ground given he has experienced three losses in his past six visits.
"It's obviously exciting that we're going to a ground that we feel so comfortable playing at," he said.
"But in saying that I have also experienced some defeats in my career in Perth.
"I'm more concerned about making sure we play the same brand of cricket that we have played so far in this series.
"It doesn't matter the conditions we play in if we continue to play the brand that we have played.
"The positive is that we know the conditions and guys like Mitchell (Johnson) and Ryan (Harris) and Peter (Siddle) love bowling when there is a bit more pace and bounce.
"The main focus is making sure we play the same brand and we're as well prepared as we were for this Test."
Clarke and Lehmann said it appeared that the trio of pacemen who destroyed England in Brisbane and Adelaide would be fit for Perth.
Australia named an unchanged 12 for the Test where they could regain the Ashes, with Clarke suggesting spinner Nathan Lyon would hold his place ahead of James Faulkner or standby quicks Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile.