Peter Trego scorched his way into the record books yesterday, smashing a 54-ball hundred to power Somerset to chasing down 476 to beat Yorkshire - the second-highest Championship chase and the eighth-highest in first-class cricket.
"Without a shadow of a doubt that was the innings of my life. I hadn't got a great deal of runs and I was feeling terrible against the red ball," Trego told the Bristol Evening Post. "I have worked really hard in the nets, but to be honest it was just about survival. But the bowler [Ajmal] Shazad gave me a few verbals and I thought: 'I am going to go after you here' and the ball turned from a pea [into] a balloon.
"These sort of days can hopefully only help me to get where I want to be in my career. It was only through my impatience and petulance that I ever left the club in the first place, but I don't regret anything because days like today would not be possible without that part of my character, today wouldn't be possible."
Watching, briefly from the other end during his 24, was Trego's captain, the former Australia batsman Justin Langer, who has not discounted the 28-year-old an international call-up.
"The way Trego played was incredible," he said. "In the past he might have thrown it away but he started to take it more seriously. He could certainly play international cricket.
"In the past he would have got out after he got 50 and we would have drawn or lost. At one point he played a fancy little dab shot and I said 'If you had got out like that I wouldn't have picked you because you are not taking it seriously'."