Jimmy Adams shrugged off the pressure of captaincy as he blasted a double century to put Hampshire on course for a vital Championship win at Somerset.
The stand-in skipper, who is deputising for the rested Dominic Cork, hit an unbeaten 204 in a record-breaking partnership of 373 with Michael Carberry (182) as Hampshire piled on the runs in the division one clash at Taunton.
While there are growing question marks over Cork’s future – with rumours circulating that he will not be offered a new contract at the Rose Bowl – Hampshire could be on the lookout for a new captain for the 2012 campaign.
And Adams appears to fit the bill as he continues to prove he can handle the extra weight of responsibility on his shoulders.
He said: ‘I’m very new to it and I’ve been very fortunate that the guys have played some decent cricket in some of the games I’ve had the captaincy.
‘Hopefully that continues but we’ll see what happens.
‘I’ve had a nice taste of the captaincy so far but I’m sure there are some rougher waters to come.
‘The guys have been really good – I couldn’t have asked for any more.
‘I don’t really ask anything of them. We all know what everyone is about and we just go out there and play.
‘As captain, sometimes you make a call and you just hope it comes off.
‘It’s just about backing the boys in the team to do the job.’
The long-serving batsman certainly led by example as, in tandem with Carberry, he helped build a mighty partnership that rewrote the Hampshire record books.
Adams said: ‘We were told at tea we had broken a record and it’s always nice to make those records. Carbs is making a habit of it.
‘Hopefully he is in there a few times more and I might be able to join him, too.
‘It was a great day. We had to ride our luck at times but fortunately we managed to make the most of it.
‘It was great to bat with Carbs again – it’s been a while since we had a long bat together.’
The one blot on the landscape for Hampshire was the news fellow strugglers Worcestershire destroyed title-chasing Lancashire.
And the result leaves the Rose Bowl outfit’s bid to escape relegation looking even more unlikely.
Adams said: ‘It’s not ideal but we want to keep playing good cricket through until the end of the year.
‘Wherever it leaves us, it leaves us.
‘If it doesn’t mean us scraping out of the relegation zone at least it means we know we are capable of playing good cricket and taking something into next year.’