Under-pressure England have their sights on a prize still 12 months away going into the first of three cricket Tests against a confident New Zealand side here Wednesday.
For England, who have struggled over the past two years, the holy grail is the 2009 Ashes series, while New Zealand's focus is solely on an immediate recovery of Test-match fortunes.
When England arrived in New Zealand a month ago they cleaned up the two Twenty20 matches, but then fell apart in three of the five one-dayers.
Neither side has a recent Test history to be proud of.
New Zealand have won just three of their last 10 Tests while England have won only three of eight since winning the Ashes in 2005.
Although history overwhelmingly favours England, who have a 41-7 winning margin over the hosts, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori is upbeat.
"We're certainly confident we can win this series," he said.
"We have a high opinion of them but I think the one-day series has been good for us in terms of learning a lot about their team and also, with us playing well, giving us confidence."
England, who lost at home to India and away to Sri Lanka in their last two series, see New Zealand as a stepping stone towards next year's Ashes.
"We have to look to develop a team now that can beat New Zealand here, beat New Zealand at home and beat South Africa and really progress towards those Ashes in 2009," England skipper Michael Vaughan said.
Both squads have suffered minor disruptions since arriving in Hamilton.
Mark Gillespie was urgently called into the New Zealand camp when pace bowler Iain O'Brien injured his left big toe at practice.
England wicketkeeper Phil Mustard suffered a suspected broken nose when struck in the face by a Kevin Pietersen drive while feeding a bowling machine.
However, Gillespie is unlikely to get a start for New Zealand and Mustard was not in serious contention for the England XI.
Australian-born Tim Ambrose will make his Test debut as England's latest wicketkeeper.
After sitting out the first month of the tour Ambrose finally made it to the middle during the two rain-disrupted warm-up matches over the past week.
"I'm as ready as I'll ever be, I haven't felt too many nerves so far. My game is in good order," he said after taking four catches behind the stumps and producing innings of two and 33.
New Zealand are likely to take two spinners into the Test, with Jeetan Patel partnering Vettori.
"We're leaning towards two spinners," said Vettori.
"The pitch is a lot drier than it was in the one-dayer, there's not a lot of moisture."
If Patel starts it will be the 27-year-old's second Test after he took three for 117 on his debut against South Africa in 2006.
New Zealand (from): Daniel Vettori (captain), Matthew Bell, Jamie How, Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor, Matthew Sinclair, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin, Grant Elliot, Mark Gillespie.
England (from): Michael Vaughan (captain), Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Tim Ambrose, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison, Monty Panesar.
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS), Daryl Harper (AUS); third umpire: Billy Bowden (NZL).