Ravi Bopara, so nearly England's finisher in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, found himself in a familiar position at The Oval on Tuesday night after taking his team to the threshold of a remarkable rescue only to be left too much to do and, for the second time in 48 hours, the hosts were defeated by five runs.
Debutante Boyd Rankin aside, England's bowlers were smashed out of the game in their T20 International against New Zealand
A changed England side will be looking to put the ghosts of Sunday behind them against the Kiwis at the Oval.
Few players handle defeat with the dignity or perspective Rafael Nadal brings to that morale-crushing experience.
Winning a major takes it toll, and after playing last weeks Travelers Championship Justin Rose takes a break.
This was not a game for the faint-hearted, neither in terms of the physical collisions on the pitch or the nerve-wracking uncertainty off it.
England's wait for an ICC ODI title continued as they lost a rain affected 20 over game by 5 runs. Rana Malook saw events unfold.
New Zealand cricket great Martin Crowe has died at the age of 53.
Tiger Woods has reported a dramatic improvement in physical condition since December but admitted he is still to play a full hole, or hit stronger than a nine-iron, during recovery from a third back surgery.
If the absence of Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood from the first WGC event of the year counts as a surprise, Matt Fitzpatrick’s arrival on the outskirts of Miami points towards the prominence of a fresh English generation. Or, perhaps, further evidence of a changing of the guard.