Ashley Giles left for Australia and Lions duties a satisfied man on Sunday.
The list of grand slam hopefuls who have flown too close to the sun and fallen to earth is long and distinguished but England's supporters are running short of reasons to be pessimistic.
The shock of the American veteran Tony Thompson destroying the 6ft 8in British heavyweight hope David Price in two rounds in Liverpool earlier in the evening reverberated all the way to London, as Audley Harrison again lit a fire under his interesting career by winning his second Prizefighter trophy, becoming the first man to do so.
Shane Lowry, in the immediate aftermath of his memorable victory over Rory McIlroy, cautioned that he was not of a mind to start any celebrations just yet.
If there is a saving grace for Rory McIlroy, it is that Tiger Woods is developing a habit of mirroring the Northern Irishman's under-performance. McIlroy's strong position at the summit of the world rankings, then, is not under threat for now.
Now table tennis isn't a sport we usually cover, but this is pretty cool.
Rory McIlroy's Nike tribulations continue.
Eddie Jones had promised a clean slate but, in the event, there was enough blood to make even Quentin Tarantino wince. More than a third of Stuart Lancaster’s unsuccessful World Cup squad have been axed, some of them brutally so.
The staging of the pre-fight press conference in a cinema is probably as box office as this bout will get. Taking his first steps down an uncertain path he hopes will lead to him regaining the world heavyweight crown, David Haye looked in good shape but mildly embarrassed on Wednesday while sitting in front of Screen 5 of Cineworld as he talked up his comeback at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
Sebastian Coe, the president of world athletics’ embattled governing body, will be under further pressure on Thursday as fresh allegations are outlined of widespread corruption at the heart of the sport.