England will this weekend decide who to rest ahead of next week's dead-rubber third Investec Test against West Indies at Edgbaston.
With the Wisden Trophy safely retained, Andy Flower and his selection team are set to decide who they should grant an extra week's break to when they name the squad on Sunday.
Top of that list are seamers Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad who have established themselves as arguably England's most precious commodities at the sharp end of the bowling attack.
With bigger prizes looming large on the horizon in a busy summer, none more so than the three-Test series against South Africa starting next month, it is not hard to imagine that at least one, if not both, will be rested.
In the immediate aftermath of last week's series-clinching nine-wicket win at Trent Bridge skipper Andrew Strauss hinted as much, after Anderson had shown signs of a slight quad strain.
"We've always viewed resting and rotating as something you have to do on a case by case basis, so we'll speak to the seamers, see how they're feeling and see how we're looking for the rest of the summer," said Strauss.
"At this stage we have to sit down, think it through rationally and decide what the best course of action is, both for the Test match and for the long-term prospects of the team over the summer.
"We'll definitely think about changes, but you always have to look quite a long way ahead when it comes to potentially resting someone. We'll need to take stock. We'll have a conversation about it in the coming days."
While rotating players is nothing new to England in the shorter formats, doing so during a Test series is a path less well trodden during their ascent to the top of the world rankings.
Anderson's importance to the team was underlined during the last Ashes series in Australia when he was retained in Perth despite flying to England and back between matches for the birth of his second child.
England promptly suffered their only defeat of that series with Anderson below his best and Broad absent through injury.
Resting both could, therefore, court criticism should England fall flat in Birmingham.
Added to that, potential replacement Steven Finn has played just two Tests since that WACA Ground defeat 18 months ago.
Finn was promptly dropped for the rest of the Ashes after Perth and his opportunities have since been limited as Tim Bresnan has established himself as the third option, winning all 13 of his Tests to date.
The 23-year-old Finn remains England's most promising young quick, however, having taken 53 wickets in his 13 Tests, and would arguably step into most Test sides around the world.
With his progress seemingly only stalled by those ahead of him, Edgbaston looms as the perfect opportunity to usher Finn back into the international fold.
The Middlesex man could also be joined by Graham Onions who has not played Test cricket for two and a half years following a horror run of injuries.
Onions forced his way back into the England squad for this series following an impressive start to the LV= County Championship season, including a four-wicket haul against Warwickshire at Edgbaston last month.