Alastair Cook had said at the toss that his England team, though still shaken by the news of the loss of Tom Maynard they had received before a sombre practice session 24 hours earlier, were determined to put in a good performance at the ground the young Welshman had come to call home, to honour his memory.
It took a while for Andrew Strauss to focus on the Test, not just because it is a "dead" game; in fact it feels more like a drowned one, so bad is the forecast for Thursday.
No series is a sinecure and at times, in the two Tests so far, West Indies have managed to challenge aspects of England's game, which Andrew Strauss has interpreted as something that at least has kept his side honest.
Andrew Strauss made more history on a sunny Trent Bridge afternoon when he became the first England captain to lead the team to seven consecutive home series wins.
England stole the moment – and with near absolute certainty the match as well as the series – in the final session with the sort of compelling performance that separates the best sides from the merely industrious.