In picking the young Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in an unusually expansive 14-man squad for the final Test at The Oval, England are either drawing a line under the Test career of Monty Panesar or, in keeping him out of the limelight, showing some understanding and duty of care to a troubled cricketer going through a tough patch in his personal life.
KP should be fit to join his England teammates in the final Ashes test at the Oval after a period of rest say the ECB
The dust has settled and suddenly we find ourselves back where we were a couple of weeks ago, with England sitting pretty and Australia holed beneath the waterline and sinking.
England have underlined their determination to make history at The Oval next week by completing a first-ever 4-0 series victory against Australia, refusing Kevin Pietersen permission to play for Surrey in the Twenty20 finals day this weekend.
England won the Ashes late into the evening in front of a full house at Chester-le-Street.
Ian Bell carved himself a place in Ashes history with his third century of the series and transformed England's position from flimsy to something approaching formidable in an increasingly absorbing fourth Test in Chester-le-Street.
The Hampshire cricketer has starred in recent T20 matches.
Warren Brennan, who adapted Hot Spot technology for cricket and runs the company supplying the system, late on Friday night broke his silence on the controversy over batsmen possibly using silicone tape to prevent edges being detected – and did anything but back down.
So, Alastair Cook might have thought as he was grilled over a wide range of controversies at the Riverside on Thursday, from the weaknesses of Hot Spot to Monty Panesar's lack of self-control outside a Brighton nightclub: this is how it feels to be an Ashes-retaining captain.
Two up and two to play is not so bad when you hold the Ashes.
England's wait for an ICC ODI title continued as they lost a rain affected 20 over game by 5 runs. Rana Malook saw events unfold.
South African batsmen didn't even bother bringing knives to a gunfight. England walked leisurely to the final of the ICC champions trophy 2013
HITC Sport writer Rana Malook caught up with West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle at the launch of his academy in London.