Matthew Hoggard says he could never have predicted entering England's 200 club after the Yorkshireman took his 200th Test wicket as Sri Lanka were forced to follow-on in the first Test at Lord's on Saturday.
The Yorkshire swing bowler reached the landmark to separate overnight pair Mahela Jayawardene and Farveez Maharoof on the third morning when he held a return catch from the latter. Sri Lanka were all out for 192 first time around, a huge deficit of 359, after Hoggard took four for 27.
He is only the tenth Englishman to clock up a double century of scalps and at his rate of progress he appears to have a good chance to become only the fourth to reach 300, after Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fred Trueman.
Hoggard said: "It would be lovely to get there, I am not a massive stats man but when I look back to 2000 and my debut, when I sat on the balcony chewing my bat handle off watching Dominic Cork and Darren Gough hit the winning runs to beat West Indies, I wouldn't have dreamed of getting 200, let alone doing it here where I started.
"It is nice to get into that elite group and join the legends who have already surpassed 200.
"I am not setting any milestones where I want to get to, I will just take it game by game and try to perform to stay in the side."
Hoggard has played 30 consecutive Tests after being dropped on the 2003-04 tour of Sri Lanka. He has revelled as the unheralded member of a fearsome pace attack after accepting his 'sweeper's role'.
He said: "I didn't think I would get selected for the West Indies tour in 2004 but when I did Michael Vaughan put it in layman's terms. He told me I was on the shop floor sweeping up after everybody else.
"I am the person that keeps the place tidy. I have settled into the role of trying to contain people and just bowl for maidens.
"As Glenn McGrath has told everybody for I don't know how many years it is a simple game: you put the ball in the right areas, you stop them scoring and you get wickets.
"That is exactly what I have tried to do. I am happy with that role and it is good to have quality fast bowlers at the other end.
"I can name four or five that have played with me that have created more pressure because batsmen don't want to face them, they want to face the little dibble-dobbler at the other end. They take me too lightly, I think."
Hoggard was England's most prolific and economical bowler in the Tests in India and continued his miserly ways in the summer opener.
He said: "I felt like a bag of spanners in the first innings to be fair. It didn't seem to come out quite correct but it has got better and better.
"It was probably the slope which had something to do with that as you always feel as you are battling against it here whichever end you bowl."
Hoggard, keen on escaping attention for his exploits, added: "It is a nice occupation and I enjoy it. Everybody has got their sanctuary they go to. Mine happens to be dogwalking, Fred's (Andrew Flintoff) is most probably the pub and Andrew Strauss most probably flicks through the Financial Times to see how his stocks and shares are going.
"I enjoy getting out in the countryside and getting away from it."
Sri Lanka made a better fist of things following on in the second innings before left-arm spinner Monty Panesar dismissed Kumar Sangakkara for a fine 65.