James Vince is looking for Hampshire to go on the attack as they start their Royal London Cup campaign today (2pm).
The Hampshire skipper leads his team into a showdown with Sussex at the Ageas Bowl, fresh from sealing their Natwest T20 Blast quarter-final qualification.
Hampshire turned in a disappointing batting display but then grabbed a narrow victory over Somerset after a brilliant display in the field to save their hopes.
And Vince is looking for another important contribution from his bowlers as they adapt to the 50-over format – something they struggled with last year.
Vince said: ‘I think wicket-taking bowlers in the 50-over stuff is more important than perhaps what it was in the 40-over format.
‘I think guys that can contain with good control in the 40-over games were important and batsmen often tried to force the pace.
‘But with the slightly longer 50-over competition you need wicket-taking bowlers to slow the opposition scoring.
‘That’s something we’ll be looking at and that’s something that I think we have as a strength.’
Recent one-day international performances from England in 50-over cricket have seen a huge tilt towards big scores and an aggressive style.
Scores of 350-plus have become the norm and it remains to be seen if that transmits into the county game. But Vince is looking for a big improvement from his side this term.
He said: ‘It’s a competition that we under-performed in last year so it’s something we need to focus on to try to make that Lord’s final this year.
‘I think we’ve got a good enough squad to be able to win that competition.’
Vince also believes his men can take encouragement from the recent 20-over win against the same opposition.
He said: ‘Sussex are a good side so it will be a tough test but hopefully one that we can come out on the right side of.
‘It’s good we’ve got a win over them at their place last Friday night.
‘Hopefully we can take a lot of confidence from that when we face them.
‘We need to pick up an important win to start the competition well.’