Australia's Ashes dominance is set to see them select an unchanged line-up for the fourth Test in a row - an achievement not seen since coach Darren Lehmann's final Test as a player.
With the Ashes secured after the third Test win at the WACA Ground, the Australians gathered in Melbourne yesterday to prepare for the Boxing Day Test.
Opening batsman Chris Rogers has already spoken about the need to produce a big score and paceman Ryan Harris carries a knee injury which has to be managed, but Lehmann said he had no plans to change the winning line-up.
The last time Australia chose the same team for four consecutive Tests was in 2004 when it was: Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Lehmann, Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Michael Kasprowicz and Glenn McGrath. That side beat Pakistan and New Zealand.
Lehmann, then 34, lost his spot for the next Test after scoring only 28 runs from his previous three innings and Shane Watson made his debut.
The current team is filled with mature players and only four are under 30. But Lehmann said form was the most important part of selection.
"You'd love them all to play as long as they can but also you're a realist about that," he said.
"What we have to do is keep playing well so they can stay in the side.
"That's what they have to do individually and collectively.
"We don't look any further ahead than this Test match and then we'll make assessments at the end of the Test series and see where we go from there.
"But at the moment this side is doing the job and as I've always said, you try and pick the best 11 each and every time to try and win the Test match."
But Lehmann said he would like the batsmen to perform more consistently. The Australians were 6-132 in the first Test, 4-174 in the second and 5-143 in Perth.
"Our top order know they've got to make some more runs and one of the big things is making them in the first innings," Lehmann said.
"We need our guys performing straight up day one if we bat first."
Having won the series already, the Australians face the challenge of staying motivated for the remaining clashes at the MCG and the SCG.
The players' families are in Melbourne for Christmas, giving them other distractions.
But Lehmann already has plans to keep them focused.
"Flog them. Flog them at training. That's easy," he said.