Yorkshire's Joe Root and Lancashire's James Anderson rode roughshod over the record books with the highest 10th-wicket stand in Test history on a surreal fourth morning against India.
The pair batted serenely for the entire opening session as they took their partnership to the dizzy heights of 198, eclipsing the 163 made by Australia's Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes on the same Trent Bridge pitch last year.
Root cantered to his fourth hundred, finishing unbeaten on 156, but Anderson was the revelation as he smashed his own previous highs in Tests (34), first-class (37no) and club cricket (49no).
His 81 was not only his first ever competitive half-century but also the top score by a England number 11, besting John Snow's 59no in 1966.
England's 496 all out represented a lead of 39 - unthinkable when Anderson joined Root at 298 for nine on the third evening.
Joe Root has been named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year.
Root's award comes little more than 16 months after his international debut and follows not just an outstanding Ashes summer for him and England but a winter in which neither player nor team excelled in the slightest on the way to a 5-0 whitewash down under.
The established prime criterion for nominations is impact on the preceding English summer rather than any subsequent events.
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale intends to restore Joe Root to the head of the innings this summer after claiming England denied him a "fair run" as an opener.
Root has batted at every position in the top seven during his 15 games as a Test player, but has spent the majority of his county career as an opener.
He took that role during last summer's home Ashes but was moved to six and then three in the return series this winter, before being surprisingly dropped for the final match of the 5-0 whitewash.
Root will join the majority of his England colleagues in returning to county cricket early next season and Gale has promised to let him make his case against the new ball.
Yorkshire will be better served than most by the likely availability of England players at the start of the 2014 campaign, with Root, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan all looking to put their winter experiences behind them.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon does not appear to be in the race to replace Andy Flower as boss of the national side.
Moxon is one of the best respected coaches on the domestic circuit and had been touted as a possible candidate as England's new team director, but is content with the White Rose.
Yorkshire's Joe Root is expected to be named in England's starting 11 for their second test against New Zealand.
The 22 year old from Sheffield joined his England teammates at Headingley today for a practise session and paid tribute to his parents Matt and Helen, who'll be there at the game which starts on Friday.
And we'll more from Joe and his mum and dad on Calendar and this website tomorrow.