It was not a perfect performance by England in beating Australia at Edgbaston but it was well on the way.
The odds on England winning the Champions Trophy on home soil this month, a competition for which they were widely if slightly patriotically rated as favourites this time last week, had been travelling only in one direction since the start of the NatWest series against New Zealand.
HITC Sport writer Rana Malook caught up with West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle at the launch of his academy in London.
Any ideas that England might be favourites to win the Champions Trophy on their own territory have been placed firmly in perspective by the performances against New Zealand over the weekend.
The football season is as good as done, even if the June internationals stagger and linger long past last orders.
The competition kickstarts soon and Amit Acharya has taken a look at who could win in a tournament without favourites.
Kevin Pietersen was in the nets at Lord's on Thursday, easing his way back into training as he continues his rehabilitation from the knee injury that has kept him out of cricket this season.
Kevin Pietersen will meet Andy Flower at Lord's on Thursday with the England team director expecting another positive update on the batsman's progress towards an Ashes return.
He may have lost the war over playing for England again but Kevin Pietersen has undoubtedly won the battle in the court of public opinion.
Kevin Pietersen claims he has been left “devastated” by the decision of England’s new director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, to rule him out of his Test plans for the summer.
Kevin Pietersen, the most gifted England batsman of his generation and the player whose talismanic performances Australians fear more than any other, will not figure in the Ashes after all. England’s new director of cricket, Pietersen’s former captain Andrew Strauss, reportedly delivered the news on Monday night.