Foster key for new-look Twenty20 squad
If Wednesday's Test squad announcement had a fresh feel to it, then the revelation of the 15 players called upon to represent England in the ICC World Twenty20 in June took the concept to a whole new level.
It was as though a dusty Victorian pub had been gutted and turned into a holistic therapy centre, with juice bars and vases of irises replacing the cigarette machines and dripping beer pumps.
The one exception to the rule was the return of Paul Collingwood to the captaincy, a role he had been only too happy to kiss goodbye to - and quietly too - on the same day Michael Vaughan had given up the Test captaincy late last summer.
Captain Colly was the conservative glue that held together a jigsaw of talented players, including two who have never played for a senior England side in Graham Napier and Eoin Morgan.
But in many ways the most impressive blast of fresh air came with the selection of James Foster at wicketkeeper.
Fozzie completes a triumvirate of Essex players - with Napier and Ravi Bopara - who coach Andy Flower (himself a regular in the Chelmsford line-up until being made England's assistant batting coach) will look forward to working with.
Foster is, as Essex members well know, comfortably the most proficient gloveman on the circuit - capable of standing up to every bowler except the very fastest, while rarely making any errors at all.
When he last played for England at the age of 22, he was many miles from being the player he is now. His batting is certainly not to be sniffed at either, lending itself to the sort of inventive shot-making that has often gone missing in the national side.
Matt Prior will never be as good as Foster with the gloves, and national selector Geoff Miller is keen the Essex man puts "a new kind of pressure" on opposition batsmen by the sheer virtue of being "impeccable" behind the stumps.
Irish-born Morgan is a left-hander, something of a rare breed among top England batsmen at the moment and a factor that surely influenced the Middlesex man's introduction.
"There are only a few left-handers in the side and he's inventive, creative and has shown he's got something to offer in Twenty20," said Miller of Morgan.
"We've got variations, and we've got an opportunity to fluctuate the batting order with players who can play in any position."
One of the new-breed is clearly Napier, finally picked for Mumbai Indians on the same day he heard he was part of the national squad.
Napier had a tidy enough IPL debut, and here's what Bopara had to say about him: "He's had an excellent couple of years for Essex, can hit the ball hard, a long way and he bowls too - he'll be exciting."
If they had wanted to go the whole hog, England might have brought in Chris Woakes too, the 20-year-old Warwickshire sensation.
But he will have his time. Others from the original 30 who were discarded might not. Steve Harmison, for instance, finds himself banished from all three England squads - a clear sign that patience is fast running out altogether for this most enigmatic of performers.
Ian Bell is also superfluous to requirements in the shortest format, though he does at least keep his place in the 50-over team - where there is still a place for conventional batsmanship.
Suspicions that Worcestershire is an "unfashionable" county would have grown as their trio - Gareth Batty, Steve Davies and Kabir Ali - failed to cut the mustard.
And Joe Denly paid for his poor form outside the domestic Twenty20 arena, the spare place at the top of the order going to his county captain at Kent, Rob Key.
Liam Plunkett and Sajid Mahmood, both picked as raw youngsters under the Duncan Fletcher regime, and a variety of spinners - Samit Patel, Adil Rashid and Shaun Udal - also missed out. So too did Tim Bresnan, despite being a probable starter in the first Test against West Indies at Lord's on Wednesday.
England's flirtation with the IPL has not quite worked in terms of preparing players for the World Twenty20, however.
Collingwood has returned from his spell with the Delhi Daredevils without playing a single match, while Owais Shah has also been ignored by the same franchise.
Bopara, by stark contrast a regular at Kings XI Punjab, said: "It is a bit frustrating for those guys, I can only say how much I've learnt out there. They would have missed out on some learning experience by not playing."
He added a positive spin: "They are sitting alongside [fellow Delhi players] Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and AB de Viliers - all these guys who have played a lot more Twenty20 cricket than any of us. I'm sure that just speaking to them would have made a lot of difference."
While Bopara was giving a handful of interviews at Lord's, the unmistakeable whir of helicopter blades could be heard in the background. Momentarily, we all feared that Sir Allen Stanford was back in town.
A chopper did indeed land on the Nursery Ground, but it was the Air Ambulance attending a local road traffic accident.
Sir Allen and his dollars constitute an unwelcome chapter in a difficult past 12 months or so for the England and Wales Cricket Board. We are all hoping for something considerably more palatable this summer.