England have summoned Essex seamer Tymal Mills to Australia to train with the Ashes squad.
Mills, 21, was due to fly Down Under anyway as part of the England Performance Programme's winter tour but will now depart earlier than expected.
He will leave on Sunday to join England's Test squad in Perth, presumably in a bid to provide the batsmen with a high-quality left-arm seamer in the nets.
The tourists have plentiful fast-bowling resources in a squad that will number 18 when Tim Bresnan is fully fit, but no left-armers.
Australia, though, could be set to unleash Mitchell Johnson in the series.
He has a chequered past in the Ashes but appears to be close to his best form at present and Mills is probably the closest England have available in terms of action and pace.
Mills tweeted: "Very exciting/busy few days/weeks ahead!!! Flying off to Aus on Sunday to help The England side with their prep for the ashes!".
England's batsmen might be advised to approach Mills with some caution given he was the man who gave Graeme Swann a pre-Ashes scare earlier this summer.
Mills rapped Swann on the forearm in a warm-up match and there were fears the spinner may have suffered a break only for X-rays to reveal heavy bruising.