Onward then and upward. To the stars as far as England are concerned after the most demanding of all seasons. Their mission in the next seven months is straightforward: win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years, and win the World Cup for the first time full stop.
Mission impossible no, but improbable certainly and to achieve both objectives it will probably take the cricketing equivalent of breaking into an impenetrable CIA vault while suspended in mid-air trying not to trigger the most sensitive security sensors imaginable. But the feeling is that Graeme Swann is capable of anything at present.
- Swann reveals reluctance to play (news.bbc.co.uk)