Ignore the tortured, Sandy Denny-inspired headline - England now have two coaches to go with their three on-field captains, as Ashley Giles takes over the stewardship of the ODI and T20 sides from Andy Flower with immediate effect.
Giles is just the man to work alongside the clapped-out team director Flower as the England coaching load is shared: Calculating, obdurate... and successful on the domestic scene at just 39-years-old.
Since retiring from combat in 2007, the man unflatteringly likened to a wheelie bin in the outfield by Test Match Special’s Henry Blofeld has since ridden Warwickshire of rubbish, leading the Bears to the County Championship and a last-ball defeat at Lord’s in a humdinger of a CB40 final last summer.
Taking on the top job with the limited-overs sides he will ultimately be answerable to Flower, yet trusted to work both squads under his own intuition and shape them in his own image – similar as that may turn out to be to the Zimbabwean.
Indeed, as England often use pyjama cricket to blood new talent from the County circuit, well travelled selector Giles is arguably in a far better position to make initial judgements than Flower has ever been. At the very least, he will be communicating more closely than ever before with the head honcho and, ideally, generating a tighter bond between the international squads and their domestic breeding ground.
Time may also now be there for Flower to join Geoff Miller in roaming from Taunton to Chester-le-Street throughout the summer and, if that is the case, who is to say his undoubtedly calculated findings wouldn’t benefit the English system for years after his complete departure?
There is no criticism of Flower intended here. After succeeding Peter Moores and kicking on from where countryman Duncan Fletcher left off, he has given absolutely everything to the pursuit of global domination. In the Test arena at least, he hovers on the brink of making it a reality.
He is a man working at his limit and, unlike others less intelligent or more egomaniacal, Flower has recognised the need to share the burden in order to prolong his life in the role and further safeguard his legacy. England are privileged to have a man at the helm who sees the need to put others ahead of his own headlines.
These two could form something of a dream team in the time Flower has left. Giles offers the continuity of a man in touch with the demands of present day, isotonic fluid-swilling Team England and gives the main man time to hop off the treadmill this winter, fully refreshed for the big carrot of tantalising back-to-back Ashes series.
Whilst being ‘in touch’, particularly with more senior members of the squad, the King of Spain now has enough distance from the injury-addled end of his playing days to hold a more intelligent, detached perspective than someone fresh out of the dressing room.
Could his first assignment be any tougher? Not really. England have not won a One Day match in India since 2006 and were battered 5-0 there last year by Virat Kohli et al.
Only Steven Finn really came home with his reputation enhanced from that tour and Giles needs the Tamsin Greig-alike fit and firing for a 50-over side still very much in their development stage, despite going on to thrash Pakistan in the Emirates later that winter.
It’s hardly wild speculation to suggest this is part of a broader succession plan. Giles has been earmarked for a while in the dusty corridors of the ECB’s ivory tower as Flower 2.0 – just as Alastair Cook served an apprenticeship as Andrew Strauss’ right-hand man before taking the gig at the end of last summer.
Not an appointment to set the pulses racing, perhaps, and ostensibly doesn’t bring any wildly new ideas to the England set up, but it certainly doesn’t set any alarm bells ringing for us carping from Sofas on the sidelines, either.
Continued, steady progress. A hallmark of Flower that we would be daft to do away with.