JAMES Faulkner's first moment of active service in Test cricket occurred at 1.23am in his home town.
Fellow Launcestonians who had stayed up to witness it were richly rewarded as it wasn't long before that 123 was being followed by a few fours.
Then on day five came the sixes, the all-rounder unleashing one with the bat and accumulating another with the ball.
The 23-year-old had waited about as long to get involved as it would have taken his father Peter to travel from Summerdale Primary School to The Oval to share the moment.
Two surprise centuries, the leapfrogging by a night watchman and a lengthy rain delay meant that a day and a half had passed between Faulkner receiving his baggy green from Shane Warne and being able to wear it (presumably with a bit more enjoyment).
He would not have minded as the delay meant he entered the fray in a privileged position.
With 385 runs already on the board and a batting partner on three figures, Faulkner knew quick runs had priority over wicket preservation.
A player with such formidable Twenty20 credentials was free to play a Twenty20 innings. And he didn't disappoint.
A 32-minute cameo either side of the tea break saw Faulkner face two of the world's top-10 ranked bowlers in James Anderson and Stuart Broad, pummelling 15 off the latter in just one over.
The resultant 23 off 21 balls meant Faulkner scored the same as opener Chris Rogers from 79 fewer balls and in 105 less minutes.
But he wasn't done.
Promoted up the order to deliver more quick runs in Sunday's frenetic second innings, Faulkner hit another half-hour run-a-ball 22 to establish a Test batting strike rate of 104.65.
Tasmania's three-time player of the season also snared 4-51 then 2-47 to finish the match's leading wicket-taker.
His scalps included established specialist batsmen Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior and player of the series Ian Bell to smash a 134-year-old record for fewest runs conceded by an Australian with four Test wickets and sit seventh among the country's wicket-takers by average (thanks Ric Finlay for not getting out much).
With a bowling strike rate of 27.7 and average of 16.33, Cricket Australia afforded Faulkner special mention in its ``The Oval by numbers'' feature.
``We've listed all Faulkner's remarkable stats from his debut separately to let them all sink in,'' it stated.
``His batting strike rate is obviously an aberration after being forced to chase quick runs in his two times at the crease, but his performance with the ball was remarkable.''
It concluded that he had ``significantly improved his chances of playing in the first Test in Brisbane in November,'' echoing AAP's verdict that ``aggression and competitiveness could earn Faulkner a long Test career.''