England's eastern travails were quickly dispelled with their emphatic victory in Colombo against Sri Lanka last month; and Andrew Strauss's men are well positioned to cement their world No1 status against the West Indies over three Tests from 17 May.
The agent of highly-rated Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, recently linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, has warned Europe's top club that his client will remain in Holland for at least another season.
Kenny Dalglish was supposed to be the revered elder statesman of Liverpool's renaissance under John W. Henry and the Fenway Sports Group. The guy with the club's Boot Room ethos coursing through his veins and the industrial-strength smarts to identify the next generation of English stars.
Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker believes this season's Premier League title race has been one of the most exciting in years but cautioned that Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal's performances in Europe indicate the English game is not as strong as it used to be.
Against all odds, Roberto Mancini persuaded a majority of Manchester City players to believe in their ability to claim the Premier League crown from Manchester United. By winning against Newcastle on Saturday, they helped make it true.
Liverpool's struggles in front of goal this season have been well document and manager Kenny Dalglish will be on the look out for an additional striker to bolster the club's attacking threat in the summer transfer window.
As he travels down to London later this week to begin preparations for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, Kenny Dalglish could be forgiven a jealous glance at the fortunes of the man he replaced at Anfield.