Steven Finn is hoping he has played his last significant role in the Lord's Test, and was on Monday morning crossing his fingers it might yet be in a winning cause.
Finn's four for 74 on Sunday helped the hosts bowl South Africa out for 351, taking the key wickets of Hashim Amla for 121 and then AB de Villiers in an outstanding afternoon spell.
After England had then faltered to a stumps total of 16 for two, though, their chances of a record run chase of 346 to pull off victory and salvage their world number one Test status with a drawn Investec series were far from obvious.
Finn was not yet in the mood to dwell on his contribution, and will do so with fondness only if it helps England to victory after all.
"They're a very good team and have some great players," the fast bowler said of England's opponents. "I haven't really sat down and thought anything about my performance yet - the only thing that matters to me at the moment is that the team wins. It's nice to get eight wickets in the game against them, but it means nothing if we don't win."
Finn took his match haul to eight wickets, but was occasionally expensive - in keeping with a Test career economy rate to date of more than three and a half an over, and he added: "I don't mean to go at four an over. I wouldn't say I chase wickets.
"I'm a young bowler; I'm not going to get it right every time. Everyone experiences that when they're growing up. I'm 23 years old, and still learning a lot about the way I bowl."
As for South Africa, win, lose or draw - and all are possibilities - no one can dispute England have come up against high-quality opposition over the past month.
Finn said: "South Africa have obviously got some exceptional players, and have played very well. You can be patient (bowling) at these guys. They're very respectful; they're not bullies; they'll respect your good balls and put away your bad ones.
"I thought we bowled well here. They never got away from us at any stage, were never really free-flowing or free-scoring....I think that's testament to the way we bowled."