Michael Carberry is ready to get Hampshire’s Natwest Blast T20 campaign off to a flying start in tonight’s opener against Glamorgan (7pm).
James Vince will lead a new-look Hampshire for the first time after Dimi Mascarenhas’ retirement last season.
Overseas player Glenn Maxwell, who has excelled in the Indian Premier League, has not arrived in time for the first game of the group stage.
But South African Kyle Abbott is primed for his Hampshire t20 debut.
All eyes will be on Carberry, though, after he was called into the England t20 squad earlier this week in front of what should be a big crowd again.
And he is determined to give the selectors more food for thought.
Carberry said: ‘I enjoy playing t20 cricket.
‘We’ve done well as a side in this format in recent years and we will be looking to do the same again.
‘It won’t be an easy start but we have shown we have been hard to beat at home in recent years and we are looking to get off to a good start.’
Carberry led the batting charts at the Ageas Bowl last term as he struck 502 runs at an average of 55.77, including a brilliant 100 not out in the quarter-final success over Lancashire.
That saw him selected in the England t20 squad that was due to face Australia on his home patch.
But former coach Ashley Giles then opted to leave him out – a decision which was baffling to many.
‘It was hard having to break that news to a few people,’ added Carberry.
‘It was great to get called up after a really good campaign but I was disappointed I didn’t get a go on my home ground.
‘There is an opportunity for me to show what I can do as long as I produce the goods.’