Ian Bell was playing to an influential audience on the way to an impressive century which set him well apart from the rest as Warwickshire took control at Trent Bridge.
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New England coach Peter Moores, national selector James Whitaker and his colleague on the panel Mick Newell were all in attendance as Bell compiled a highly-skilled 122 out of 263 all out.
In conditions favouring ball over bat for this LV= Division One match, Nottinghamshire then collapsed to 43 for six by stumps.
Bell, who was taking his season's aggregate to 400 runs already in just five innings at an average of an even 100, was not playing to the gallery.
As captain of a Warwickshire team still seeking a first victory, he led from the front - demonstrating as a by-product, against an attack led by Australia linchpin seamer Peter Siddle, that he is in top form as the start of the international summer looms.
Asked about having excelled in front of England selectors and coach, he said: "It's always a good time [to make a hundred]."
Bell is one of several England regulars to have begun the summer with plenty of runs - including captain Alastair Cook - as they try to put a miserable Ashes winter behind them.
"A lot of players have started really well.
"Obviously, with what's happened in the winter, people are looking for reactions - and I think everyone is showing the hunger and desperation to get English cricket back on track."
Uppermost in his mind, however, are the fortunes of Warwickshire - who, despite a five-wicket haul for Nottinghamshire's Andy Carter, could hardly have had a much better first day.
They were put into bat by hosts who have chosen to rule out the use of the heavy roller for this fixture, and Bell said: "It was a definite bowl-first pitch.
"Generally Trent Bridge gets better and better. But with this decision to have no heavy roller, that makes a big impact - and the wicket was dented quite a bit.
"We saw when we bowled, there was still enough happening. I think the bowlers will be in it all the way through.
"At the start of the day, I'd have bitten your hand off to get 250."
As for facing Siddle again, having made a century against him here in the Ashes last summer and then had markedly mixed fortunes thereafter, Bell added: "We've played a lot of cricket, 10 Test matches on the bounce, so we know each other quite well.
"It's always a challenge. He's a world-class bowler.
"I've had good days, and he's had good ones."