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.
As the Australians gather in the Oasis that is Manchester. HITC's Rana Malook reveals where the post match feasts can be had in the city.
With Matt Prior's withdrawal from the Test squad and captain Alastair Cook on the verge of losing his captaincy, the future looks bleak for English cricket.
Is Piers Morgan a marvel of motivational tooling ... or just a tool? You decide.
At first glance England's bowling attack might seem to have very little in common with the semi-defunct boy band McFly, and no more so when considering specifically the Test career of Stuart Broad, who approaches the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford this week on the verge of claiming his 200th wicket in his 60th match.
Two Lancastrians now share fifth place in the list of English wicket-takers.
Alastair Cook struggles to stifle a yawn before, giving into the inevitable, he covers his mouth and shakes his head.
If the Indian Premier League is to be a distraction for England's cricketers this year, it is unlikely to prove so during the third Test here.
Will the England cricket team call on Ravi Bopara again?