There have not been many bits of bad news for English cricket this summer after yet another victory over India, but there was one frustrating development which was confirmed as England triumphed at The Oval.
The extent of Eoin Morgan's rise to prominence in an England shirt has been perhaps best highlighted in the reaction to the news that he will be sidelined for the next 12 weeks.
Morgan has been subsequently ruled out of England's five-match ODI tour of India, which gets underway next month.
The batsman has to undergo surgery to correct a 'chronic', long-standing shoulder problem, and there is no one around who is prepared to suggest that it does not represent an enormous blow to England.
This series at home was never going to demonstrate how heavily England rely upon the Irishman, but it will be on the subcontinent that his absence is most sorely felt.
On the slow and spin-friendly tracks of India, Morgan's unique and enterprising ability to create gaps in the field and scythe through the holes left by the opposition is something to treasure.
Morgan was withdrawn from the squad for the home series against India ahead of the second ODI at the Rose Bowl - which England won in his absence - after he reported "acute" pain during the Twenty20 international at Old Trafford.
It does throw up wider issues of overload and burnout as Morgan revealed this week that he has been suffering the problem since the Ashes tour over the winter.
It's not the first time that an England player has battled on with an injury, only revealing prior to surgery the extent of the problems they had been carrying around.
Kevin Pietersen endured a torrid Achilles injury for almost a year before he finally conceded that surgery was the only way forward and, with an arduous ICC schedule in place, concerns are rife about players' well-being.
Pietersen was wisely rested from this current ODI series with India, and it will be the job of the extensive and, frankly enormous, England backroom staff to monitor and manage the condition and fitness of each individual player.
Earlier this year, Morgan suffered a finger injury during the one-day series in Australia but continued to play on after suffering the blow. By the time he was eventually sent home two days before the end of the tour, the damage was serious enough to stop him heading to the World Cup in the original party.
The injury to Morgan will only serve to heap further pressure on Kevin Pietersen to rise to the challenge of leading a young and inexperienced England middle order on the subcontinent with the likes of Ben Stokes and James Taylor in line for opportunities.
The onus will also be on Ian Bell to take further responsibility, and there will simply be no bedding in period for England's young and developing talent as they are set to be thrown into the deep end.
Touring the subcontinent, particularly India, is generally regarded as the toughest test of an international side, and England will be taking on a very different side to the one which has appeared so staggeringly insipid this English summer.
Morgan has always represented England's trump card - the wildcard and mercurial talent - of the middle order, and an expert 'finisher' of a run-chase. A very un-English style batsman who compliments the players around him perfectly.
England will have to do without Morgan for the next three months, and adapting the side accordingly will perhaps be the biggest challenge for the rightly lauded coach, Andy Flower.
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TALKING POINT OF THE
DAY: England had India on the rack at 58 for five, and Cook removed his solitary slip and eased off in alarming fashion to the dismay of many at The Oval.
How attacking should Cook have been in that situation - how many slips are acceptable in one-day cricket and is it okay to bowl out a bowler like Anderson in one spell? Post your views below...
USER COMMENT OF THE DAY: "The strength of the England team lies in their attacking bowling options. To have had the opposition 58-5 and put five men out on the boundary is nothing short of criminal. Not good enough Captain Cook, nowhere near good enough." (Bobito with a very fair appraisal after England effectively let India off the hook.)
TWEET OF THE DAY: "An
improvement on his 42-ball pair on his last visit to The Oval, but Suresh Raina's
dismissal this time is worse than either on that occasion."
STAT OF THE DAY: James Anderson is the leading ODI wicket-taker at The Oval, with 19
scalps at an average of 21.52 after his three wickets against India.
SNAP OF THE DAY: Spot the ball in both pictures - where is it? Who's catch is it? What is going on?