Toby Roland-Jones described his sensational England debut as a "moment every kid dreams about" after tormenting South Africa on day two of the third Test.
Ben Stokes (112) constructed a fine century to help England to 353 all out at The Oval, before Roland-Jones claimed a four-for on his Test bow as the Proteas finished the day reeling on 126-8.
And the 29-year-old, who also provided an entertaining cameo with the bat, revelled in making such a big impression.
"This is the moment every kid dreams about, representing his country, so it is a different feeling in that way," he said.
"There has been a lot of hard work and it is satisfying to feel you can bring some domestic form into a Test match.
"I tried to stick to my basics but I felt in a nice rhythm and luckily I started to catch fire."
Roland-Jones' first wicket came through the slightest of edges from Dean Elgar, a snick that the seamer admitted he did not hear.
"I don't know what it was, I didn't hear anything but fortunately the umpire did," he added.
Stokes surpassed three figures with the second of a trio of consecutive sixes during a typically attack-minded finish to his innings.
And the all-rounder said he has not yet had a tougher hundred in Test cricket.
"It's the hundred I've had to work the hardest to get," he said.
"I didn't feel in my best form when I first came in but I managed to stick in there."