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.
England's cricket team has gone from being a national laughing stock to a source of pride over the past 10 years, with the transformation signalled by the memorable 2005 Ashes victory which sparked celebration around the country. Having reached the top of the test rankings, England have since slipped to second, but will hope successive test victories over Australia will be enough to see them rise back to the top.
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 won the Ashes late into the evening in front of a full house at Chester-le-Street.
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.
Two up and two to play is not so bad when you hold the Ashes.
In the end the moment of triumph arrived with the dampest of English fizzles.
Will the England cricket team call on Ravi Bopara again?
Will controversial yet sensational cricket Kevin Pietersen walk away from England test cricket once the upcoming two series against Australia are over? Amit Acharya believes so.
Andy Flower has dropped the strongest hint yet that Kevin Pietersen will not be offered a new central contract by England next month.
For the most part it was a frustrating day in Cardiff but finally England beat the weather that had threatened to derail their Champions Trophy hopes and overcame New Zealand in a shortened match by 10 runs.
As Joe Root bats out a solid 71 on a difficult Lords track Amit Acharya looks at his potential to become an all-time great.
When Ian Bell gently pushed the ball into the offside and the umpires removed the bails to call time on an important day in the context of match and series, a familiar ritual was enacted at the non-striker's end.
England's new captain looked relaxed: he admitted to being "excited and a little bit nervous" and then added that his overwhelming feeling was one of pride.
Ben Nancholas writes on Day Two of the second test.
Opinion was divided.