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.
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.
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.
Bring on the Aussies! Whoops, perhaps we are not allowed to say that just yet.
It is unlikely that any of England's current cricketers will end up as umpires.