Stuart Broad insists England have developed a ruthless streak based on a "win at all costs mentality".
England enter the final Test of the Ashes series at The Oval with an unassailable 3-0 lead and are hoping to inflict another psychological blow on Australia with their winter tour Down Under looming.
Broad, the hero of the thrilling 74-run victory at Durham with a match-winning six for 50 on the fourth day, believes they have become an "unpleasant" team for opponents to face.
"There's one thing for sure about this England team and that's we're tough," Broad said.
"We've come through tricky times and stand up when we need to be counted, which is quite an un-English thing. We want that to continue.
"There's no doubt the country is proud of this team and what we've achieved because fans like winning teams. We want to win and make them happy.
"We do have a win at all costs mentality. I think we're quite an unpleasant team to play against at the moment.
"Teams won't play against us and enjoy the experience. That's what we want.
"You always have a responsibility to the fans and youngsters because you're role models. You have to play hard but fair, that's how the spirit of the game is defined."
England are one victory away from a first 4-0 Ashes triumph on home soil and Broad highlights the importance on keeping their foot on the throat of a team reeling from a dispiriting defeat in Durham.
"It's been amazing to have been part of three Ashes series and won three. Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and myself have not been on the losing end of an Ashes series and I'd like that to continue for as long as possible," he said.
"We met last night to discuss that and the perceived danger that we will just enjoy this week.
"We have Twenty20s, ODIs and another series against these boys. We need to keep throwing punches and keep damaging them.
"There's a lot of cricket to be played against them and if we give them momentum they're dangerous enough to hurt us.
"Four-nil is on our minds, but looking ahead is on our minds as well and we need to keep the cricket we've been playing going."