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.
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.
"It's not a simple thing to just go out there and knock up a hundred," Andrew Strauss said on Wednesday in the little lecture theatre of the Lord's museum which was used for his pre-match press conference and yet another round of questioning about his long lean run.
When England bowlers are at practice they can be seen delivering to a lifesize wooden cut-out of what appears to be a baseball player in readiness to receive.
It is one of the beauties of cricket that within the overall narrative of a game lie so many smaller stories, the plays within the play.
With the Ashes due to start tonight, we look at the five players who could decide the fate of the famous urn.
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.
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.