Glenn McGrath has toned down his usual pre-Ashes boast and accepts Australia would be happy with a draw in the upcoming series.
The former Australia seam bowler tormented England during a career that included 563 Test wickets and regularly promised 5-0 wins for his country, a feat they actually achieved in his final series before retirement in 2006/07.
But that whitewash is Australia's only victory in the last four Ashes contests and McGrath concedes expectations are low for the current squad.
"At this moment England are favourites, probably rightly so," he told Sky Sports.
"Australia haven't often been the underdogs. England are the ones who are expected to dominate so Australia have nothing to lose and hopefully will come out swinging and a few of the guys will put their hand up.
"With the quality of both side's bowling attacks, I think there will be a result in every Test, weather permitting.
"There will be a little bit of rain around so I think 2-1 to Australia or maybe even 2-2 - the Australians would take that."
Australia sacked coach Mickey Arthur 16 days before the start of the series and replaced him with Darren Lehmann, a change that McGrath thinks will pay off.
"I think it's a positive move. He's a people person and will bring everyone together, it's just what was needed," he said.