Ashley Giles does not play in today's first npower Test match at Lord's against Bangladesh.
Gareth Batty replaces him and so makes his first appearance for England on home soil. Simon Jones is preferred to Jonathan Lewis and the other hard news is that skipper Michael Vaughan will bat at three ahead of Warwickshire's Ian Bell and Graham Thorpe.
The Surrey left-hander could hardly have chosen a worse time to announce his acceptance of the post of player-coach to New South Wales from next January.
That rules him out of England's scheduled tour of India and, although it is widely accepted that he will bow out of the Test scene after the Ashes series in the last seven weeks of the season, the selectors must be privately miffed that the Surrey lefthander did not tell them this when they picked the side 11 days ago.
With much conjecture about the top order involving Kevin Pietersen and Robert Key, they might have made a different decision. Thorpe's early-season form has been dire - as has that of the rest of the batsmen except Bell - and he has a long history of dipping in and out of the England team, mainly because of longstanding personal difficulties.
He made himself available for the last tour of Australia, only for it to be leaked on the eve of selection that he had changed his mind. By not informing the selectors of his job in Australia, he has done them and himself a great disservice.
Today's Test is another of a series of mis-matches which are all too frequent now that the ICC masterplan of everyone compulsorily playing everyone twice in five years and, with fine weather forecast, it will be a miracle if England bat more than once and if the match goes into the fourth day.
It is not Bangladesh's fault, more of a system which is criticised by many, not least the television companies and sponsors. The tourists might be in at the deep end but they would struggle for survival at the other end of the pool.
Coach Dav Whatmore can do more than sound hopeful as does captain Habibul Bashar, who says: "We might have won only one of 36 Tests (against Zimbabwe) but wherever we play, no matter who we play, we are always positive and believe we can do something."
Whatmore's role is as thankless as the leader of the Green Party trying to convince everyone they can win enough seats to form a government.
"I will not judge my players on the result at Lord's. The answer is not in the scoreline. It is an objective review of the work of individuals. If enough of the players come through with a pass mark, that is going to drag us from where we are ranked now to somewhere above."
Equally predictably, Vaughan says: "It is important we play as we play every Test match with the same intensity. We expect to beat them well but there is going to be a lot of hard work before we do that."
The main point of interest will be the debut of 16-year-old Mushfiqur Rahim who will become the youngest debutant at Lord's. He was picked for the tour as second wicketkeeper. He has appeared in Under-19 international cricket and has scored heavily in warm-up matches with an unbeaten century against Northamptonshire clinching his place.
His short stature - he is barely 5ft - will ensure he is not eye-balled by Steve Harmison or Jones, mainly because it will be physically impossible. Should they become involved in verbals at close range, then Harmison (6ft 6in and Jones only two inches adrift) will either have to kneel down, or the batsman will have to speak into their navels.
Giles is a worry. He last bowled at Hove nearly three weeks ago and, despite a dreaded cortisone injection, is nowhere near full fitness. The substance masks the pain but rarely cures the injury, especially as it is a stress injury because of the individual's singular bowling action.
The injury occurred after his most concentrated spells of bowling for Warwickshire in many years. Rest will cure it but it will return once he has a similar workload - such as an Ashes itinerary of five Tests in seven weeks, from late July onwards.
Ominiously, Vaughan hinted yesterday that "the medical staff regard surgery ahead of the Ashes as a last resort."