Dark clouds hovered over Lord's but Jofra Archer's cap presentation at Lord's proved an uplifting moment for England on a day-one washout of the second Ashes Test.
The Barbados-born livewire has been hotly-tipped to make his England debut and although the teams have not been officially announced, any speculation was ended after he was given his cap by close friend Chris Jordan just before another downpour ended any hope of play in northwest London.
Only eight of Jordan's 78 England appearances have come in the five-day format but he was easily the most apt choice to welcome his fellow Barbadian into the fold, having helped the man he calls "a little brother" swap the Caribbean for Sussex three years ago.
Jordan gave a touching address in front of the England squad as he toasted Archer becoming the country's 693rd Test cricketer - a formality he will finally cross when the team sheets are handed in on day two.
"I know this is the pinnacle for you," he told his friend.
"One of the first things you told me when you came over to England is that you wanted to play Test cricket and that time has come. You've got 10 other guys as well as an entire nation supporting you.
"These (caps) aren't just handed out, these are earned. Just go out there and do what you do best."
Jordan expects 24-year-old Archer to be a huge boost to England's Test team and was proud to be there at the start of his journey.
"Apart from receiving my England cap this is easily one of my proudest moments," he said.
"I've watched you grow, not only as a cricketer but also as a professional and a human being. Every single challenge that has presented itself to you so far you find a way of rising to it and I don't see Test cricket being any different."
Forecasts are better for day two, when the famous old ground will turn red in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation - a lung cancer charity set up to honour the late wife of Andrew Strauss, the former England captain and director of men's cricket.
Fans have been asked to wear the colour and both teams will wear limited-edition caps and shirts to be auctioned off, one of several fund-raising initiatives in place on Thursday.
England, who have yet to reveal whether Sam Curran or Jack Leach will take the final place in their side, are 1-0 down after their heavy loss in the series opener at Edgbaston.