Graeme Swann has admitted he may struggle to convince the England management he has fully recovered from his latest elbow operation before the first Test of the summer against New Zealand in May.
Another excellent day for Mick Newell was marred only by reports suggesting that the Nottinghamshire director of cricket is a strong contender to be the next coach of Bangladesh.
The first day of this rare county appearance for James Anderson had been bad enough, as he failed to take a wicket and suffered a painful blow to the thumb.
Three of the top eight bowlers in the world Test rankings endured rather than enjoyed a hard-fought and occasionally bad-tempered day back in county cricket.
Whether with the new ball or as the straight man of a comedy double act, James Anderson has grown accustomed to working alongside Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann in recent years.