Worcestershire paceman Dillon Pennington was delighted to tackle the challenges presented to him when making his Specsavers County Championship debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The England Under-19 bowler collected his first Championship scalps when dismissing Nottinghamshire skipper and opener Chris Nash and middle order batsman Billy Root.
He finished with 2-51 as Worcestershire closed the third day on 43-0 after being set a 462 target.
Pennington said: “When I got asked to play this week I knew it would be really challenging and hard but I didn’t think it would be so mentally hard and physically tiring.
“In their first innings, we did 140-odd overs in the field and it was a big shock to the body.
“The standard and the pink ball is new and the pitch is so flat it’s been so hard to get any rewards.
“The margins for error are so much smaller, which I found hard. You miss your line and length by the smallest bit and it’s four because the outfield is like glass.
“It’s been a bit surreal, batting against Stuart Broad – someone I’ve watched on tv all my life and then to be facing him, it was good. I enjoyed it.”