George Bailey is ready for the challenge of a chilly Ageas Bowl debut.
The Australia international will make his Hampshire bow tomorrow after the coldest pre-season he can remember.
Although he only arrived on the south coast last week, the 30-year-old batsman has already endured freezing temperatures and trained in the snow.
But he is determined to battle the cold to make a flying start to his Hampshire career.
‘I arrived last week, so I’m just starting to settle in,’ he said.
‘The weather was a bit of a shock – I’ve never stood there while it is snowing to then go and train in it.
‘That was a bit of a shock to the system but it is balmy out there now!
‘Whether you are playing in really hot or really cold weather, it is as much a mental challenge as anything.
‘You have to just make sure you are still doing the right things – even though they may be a little uncomfortable.’
Bailey, who has 37 limited overs international caps, will feature for Australia in the Champions Trophy in June – but is otherwise available all summer.