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.
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.
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.
Suddenly the future looks bright again.
A changed England side will be looking to put the ghosts of Sunday behind them against the Kiwis at the Oval.
On Thursday in a new concrete bowl 25km outside of Pune a motley collection of young English cricketers, under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, take on a much more experienced India team still smarting from their Test-series defeat. This may have passed you by.
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.
On the one hand there is the perception and on the other comes the reality.
"This game brings you realism," Ian Bell says as, sitting on a plastic chair in a bare room at Old Trafford, he reflects thoughtfully on a Test career that is finally flourishing with a sense of lasting gravitas rather than just fleeting majesty.