"These are golden days for English cricket" according to ESPN Cricinfo's George Dobell. He spoke to HITC's Rana Malook about Ian Bell amongst other things.
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.
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.
On the one hand there is the perception and on the other comes the reality.