Andrew Strauss expects England's set-to with South Africa at the top of the world Test rankings to suffer little by its proximity to the Olympic Games.
The first of three Investec Tests gets under way at The Oval on Thursday, eight days before London hosts the Games for the first time since 1948. Strauss, however, is confident that the battle to be the number one Test nation will remain the focal point for many and has the potential to capture the imagination of plenty of others too.
"We can't move the Olympic Games," he said. "I think there's a lot of eager anticipation about this series from the cricketing public. From the messages and chats I've had with people, I think this is very much the highlight of the summer for cricketing followers."
England and South Africa begin their series in unfamiliar surroundings, because of the Olympics - whose archery tournament has taken over Lord's. The home of cricket would traditionally host an early Test, and the business end would take place at The Oval.
This year, the venues' roles are reversed. Either way, Strauss does not share concerns that English cricket will be relegated this summer.
"I don't think it's going to be overshadowed by the Olympics," he said, making it clear he has no issue either with schedulers who - long before it became clear which teams would be at the top of the International Cricket Council rankings - decided a three-match series would suffice.
"You never know who's going to be the top two teams in the world. We don't have any say over the lengths of Test series. That's something for the administrators to take care of, and they have got a difficult job to achieve that balance between Test and one-day cricket."
England can begin the series with one vexed issue apparently settled. Kevin Pietersen's on-off limited-overs retirement seems set to remain on.
The mercurial batsman could yet conceivably be shoehorned back into England's defence of their Twenty20 crown in September, but his representatives appear to have accepted Wednesday's announcement of a preliminary 30-man squad as the end of the road.
At the start of theirs in international cricket, young Yorkshire batsman Joe Root and Lancashire's Steven Croft were notable inclusions in a list also containing England limited-overs captain Alastair Cook and Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior.