Mark Footitt this week claimed his hundredth dismissal of the summer in county cricket and has been duly rewarded with a call up to the England performance squad.
The Derbyshire seamer will join others from the ranks of English domestic cricket on a training programme in South Africa, led by former England head coach Andy Flower.
Some impressive auditioning on that training schedule could even lead to a call up to the England Lions side later in the winter.
Derbyshire finished fourth in Division Two of the County Championship this season, and for that they were indebted to the 78-wicket haul of Footitt.
The left-arm seamer took figures of 5-34 against Leicestershire in the final innings of the season as Derbyshire thrashed the Foxes by 408 runs to claim their sixth four-day victory of the summer.
In addition to that, the former Nottinghamshire bowler also took 22 wickets in the Royal London One Day Cup. His List A performances this summer also provided him with his career best returns of 5-59 in that format of the game.
Footitt discovered the news that he would be a part of the winter training camp courtesy of a telephone call with England selector Mick Newell before the start of the season-closing match at home to Leicestershire.
His involvement in the international set-up makes Footitt the first Derbyshire representative to be involved with England since Dominic Cork played for the county up until 2003.
At the age of 28, there is still time left for Footitt to establish himself on the international stage, and this is the first step towards one day earning an England cap.
After joining Derbyshire from Nottinghamshire in 2010 the fast bowler has enjoyed his most prolific summer in first-class cricket this season.
The 28-year-old is one of seven fast bowlers that have been selected. A core group of seamers will be trained and developed during the close season.
The other members of the party include: Jack Brooks (Yorkshire), Matthew Dunn (Surrey), Craig Overton (Somerset), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire) and Mark Wood (Durham).
The group will firstly meet at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, prior to setting off for a three-week stay in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Acclimatising early to the conditions in South Africa could be key to a Lions call up ahead of their unofficial Test matches and One Day Internationals against the Proteas next January.News Now - Sport News