England are likely to play an unchanged side for the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston, starting on Thursday.
Ian Bell is dropped from the Lord's XIII, with England never likely to play an extra batsman against an ordinary attack that badly needs the firepower of slinger Lasith Malinga.
His height at delivery is so low that New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming asked the umpires if they would change the colour of their red ties, so much in line with the stumps - and umpires - was the bowler's bowling arm.
Steve Harmison killed off any chance of selection with his performance for Durham in the rain-ruined match at Trent Bridge.
He bowled 15 overs in the first innings and then revealed he was sore and stiff as was to be expected after his first serious bowl since the second Test in India in mid-March.
He had a chance for a further bowl on Saturday but decided against it - maybe because he knew the selectors had already decided not to risk him in the first of two back-to-back Tests, and also because he can now play for his county tomorrow at Riverside in the four-day match against Sussex.
As chairman of selectors David Graveney says, "there is a big difference between being fit and being match-fit.
About time, too, because there have been too many instances in the past few years when England players have come back into the Test side when palpably not match-fit after injury. That applies to batsmen as well as bowlers, as Graveney confirmed in discussing the increasingly worrying situation concerning Michael Vaughan.
Unlike the Prime Minister, Graveney refused to become a hostage to fortune by naming a date when they would have to consider a long-term alternative captain, confining himself to: "I believe Michael is batting in nets again but we want to see him playing county cricket."
Net practice is one thing but there is no substitute for five or six consecutive two-hour sessions in the field.
Former Wolves international half-back Bill Slater played second XI cricket for Warwickshire and played in May following a full winter for Wolves and England.
The Molineux men were renowned for their fitness regime, so there could be no fitter person in our Second XI, but Bill needed help to take his boots off after a full day in the field. Fitness and match fitness - point proved.
Overhead conditions will dictate selection on Thursday morning, with Jonathan Lewis, the Gloucestershire seamer, likely to be left out again. He was released on the first morning of the Lord's stalemate and continued his excellent form with five for 36 in his county's win over Northamptonshire.
Lewis is the most prolific English bowler in first-class cricket this summer with 24 wickets at a mere eight runs apiece.
Vaughan, aged 31, has not set a date for his return to action following a much-publicised knee injury but Graveney says reports that his international career may be over are 'not particularly helpful'.
"It is a bit like Wayne Rooney's fitness," he said. "One day he is not going to be at the World Cup, the next he is going to play the first game. The only person who knows about Michael Vaughan's knee is Michael Vaughan.
"I have even taken the policy of not ringing him every day to ask him how his knee is because he must have that conversation thousands and thousands of times.
"He is a crucial member of the team, an outstanding captain and we need him back when he is ready - and he will be the person that decides that.
"It would be impossible to give him complete freedom to get on with his rehabilitation because it is an on-going media story.
"But to say he is not going to play again is not particularly helpful. I have seen pictures of him batting in the nets and running so it is some way from the truth."