Coach Andy Flower knows the value of keeping his pace attack fit for purpose for the second of two back-to-back Ashes Tests at a venue often tailor-made for their skills.
To that end, after England retained the Ashes in a rain-affected draw at Emirates Old Trafford, the selectors immediately added two more options to cover for the three who bore the brunt of the workload in Manchester.
Chris Tremlett has been retained from the initial squad for the third Investec Test and Graham Onions brought back into the reckoning for a possible return on his home ground.
England's three frontline seamers got through almost 120 overs between them in the stalemate which secured the urn for a third successive time, and each conceded more than 100 runs in Australia's first innings - as did off-spinner Graeme Swann.
By the time England's unassailable 2-0 lead was confirmed with an afternoon abandonment as the rain continued, Flower was therefore already casting his mind forward to Chester-le-Street on Friday.
"Our bowlers will need to look after themselves over the next few days to be ready," he said. "Durham can traditionally help the fast bowlers, so we would like to exploit that help up there."
England's leading pace bowler James Anderson was a match-winner in the first Test at Trent Bridge, where he had to bowl 13 overs in succession on the final morning to help sneak victory in a titanic tussle.
He has been less successful in the two matches since and was wicket-less on his home ground in the first innings.
Stuart Broad's rewards were also hard-earned, with more than 50 overs between his 199th wicket and the moment he took his milestone 200th during the third Test.
England's management will doubtless be mindful of asking too much of such prize assets in this double Ashes year, and Flower said: "Onions and Tremlett have been added to the 11 that played here and that gives us flexibility if we want it."
Flower, captain Alastair Cook and his predecessor Andrew Strauss have long made a virtue of refusing to look too far ahead, even when the temptation is obvious. So it is this week too.
"We are in a great position, but we want to ensure all our focus is on the next Test," added Flower.
"Retaining the Ashes is important, of course, and I'm very proud of the team.
"The team are obviously proud after a hard-fought Test, a hard-fought three Tests, to be in this position.
"But we do want to go on to Durham and win up there."