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A number of parallels can be drawn between that series and this but O’Driscoll insists that the margins of victory in both matches so far – two in Brisbane and one in Melbourne – means the decider is too close to call.
“People talk about the momentum going with the team that wins that second Test, and I would have agreed with it in 2001 because it was a comfortable victory they (Australia) had then,” he said.
“But just the way the two games have gone, with two points between us in the first one and one point in the second one, just shows how tight it is. I think the team that turns up on Saturday and gets some momentum from early in the game will get the upper hand.
“I wouldn't go and say there is anything particularly that we did 12 years ago (in Australia). There is a lot in the bank already, so just try to get the detail right and then save the energy for the pitch.”
Should O’Driscoll be named in the line-up on Saturday he would be making his 133rd Test start, equalling the record currently held by former Australian scrum-half George Gregan.
Of those, 125 have come for Ireland, including 60 in the RBS 6 Nations, but O’Driscoll is not losing sleep over whether he is selected on Saturday.
“I won't go chewing my nails off thinking about it, I will go with the flow like everyone else does,” he added.
“Hopefully, I will be included in that team. If I am not, I will deal with that if the situation arises.
“I am sure the coaches will meet and identify the team they feel they want to put out to hopefully win us this series.”