Amit Jaggernauth could hardly believe his fortune when he was asked to bowl for the first time in Tests against two of the world's best batsmen.
The 24-year-old off-spin bowler from Trinidad and Tobago made his Test debut for West Indies against World No.1 Australia on Thursday at Sabina Park.
When West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan finally decided to give Jaggernauth the ball, he could have been forgiven for being intimidated.
Australia were 109 for two with their captain Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Mike Hussey at the heights of a face-saving, third-wicket stand of 137 that helped the visitors reach 301 for four when stumps were drawn.
"It's a really good to make your debut at the international level and also against the No.1 team in the world, I was really happy and pleased about this," he said.
"Being given the ball with Ponting and Hussey at the crease was a huge challenge, but I thought my performance in the end was a decent one, and I handled the situation well.
"I didn't look at the individuals' names, but I tried to bowl at the batsman, and I tried to work on weaknesses that I saw or try to bowl to the specific areas which the captain asked of me."
Jaggernauth finished the opening day with one wicket - coincidentally Hussey to an excellent catch at first slip by Dwayne Bravo - for 74 runs from 20 overs, but he acknowledged he has learnt one huge lesson.
"It wasn't bad, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, and I thought I was a bit too aggressive and tried too many things," he said.
"What I learned is that in terms of my game, I need to be a little more patient at this level, and this is something I would like to improve on as fast as possible.
"In essence, people who have seen me bowl before can testify that I am a very aggressive, attacking spinner. This is something that is in my repertoire.
"I would always back myself against whoever is batting. I believe I can get them out, that's just the aggressive nature in me, but there are times you may have to change the game plan."
Jaggernauth however, disclosed something that may come back to haunt him and his West Indies teammates, since leg-spin bowler Stuart MacGill has been named in the Aussie line-up.
"For a first day track, I thought the pitch had some degree of turn, and I would expect as the Test goes along the turn would definitely increase," he warned.
"On the third and fourth days, it's going to be spinning huge."
West Indies have lost 12 of the last 13 Tests they have contested against Australia.