Spare a thought for Collingwood
Amid the general bonhomie at Lord's - provided you weren't South African - was a sad sight that many English fans would have forgotten as they supped their umpteenth ale in the taverns of NW8 after the second day's play.
Paul Collingwood, the doughtiest street fighter in the England side, saw his neck inching closer to the chopping-block after making just seven in what could be his only innings of the Test.
With England eager to unleash Andrew Flintoff at Headingley from next Friday, somebody will have to make way.
And the perceived wisdom was, in the lead-up to Lord's, that that somebody would be one of Paul Collingwood or Ian Bell.
Both needed to impress, and while Bell made 199 quite beautiful runs, poor old Collingwood scored rather fewer.
What made the 'Mackem's' dismissal doubly galling for him was that when he was purportedly caught at short leg off Paul Harris, replays conclusively showed he had not hit the ball.
It's been a wretched few weeks for Collingwood. England's one-day captain saw a 1-0 lead in the series over New Zealand turned into a 3-1 defeat.
He was also banned for four matches for his team's slow over-rate and was roundly castigated for the unsporting run-out of Grant Elliott at The Oval.
He is one of the nicest chaps in the dressing-room, and the most reliable returner of text messages you could imagine. But unfortunately that does not guarantee Test selection.
He could cling on, however. Someone might get injured, and it could be that a bowler rather than a batsman makes way when Flintoff returns.
Bell, who scored 124 of his runs during Friday's play, has shown that sometimes pressure brings out the best in players.
It was a similar story for Andrew Strauss in the last Test in New Zealand, and Bell - never playing out of his comfort zone until the shot that brought his eventual dismissal - was terrific.
And though he will never be a Kevin Pietersen-style showman, he showed he too had the ability to play to the galleries when following up a full-blooded square cut for four off Makhaya Ntini with a deliberate edge through the vacant slip for a boundary off the subsequent ball.
Even Stuart Broad, who just gets better with the bat every time we see him, was able to toy with the South Africans at times during the pair's 152-run partnership.
The tourists, whose fast bowlers sent down some horribly wayward stuff in the first hour of the day, never gave up the ghost - and the fielding, with only one or two exceptions, was mostly razor-sharp.
On this wicket, at least, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have looked neither frighteningly fast, nor different enough from each other.
Morkel sent down 34 overs, taking 4-121, and was by some distance the best of them.
But Graeme Smith chose not to use him when he most needed to, the first hour of play on Friday being a notable case in point.
With rain and bad light becoming a factor late in the day, Ryan Sidebottom and James Anderson had only 20 deliveries at the South African openers.
Smith almost edged the very first of them to an eager slip cordon, and if he had done the mood in the South African camp would not have been a happy one,
With a decent enough forecast for the rest of the match, England still have time to chisel out a victory.