Worcestershire will have another new captain at the helm as they take on Somerset in the County Championship at Bath today.
More fresh than maybe he would have liked after a twogame spell on England Test duty, Gareth Batty will today mark Tom Moody's last match as coach by becoming Worcestershire's fourth skipper in their last 11 Championship matches.
Ben Smith's mid-match resignation last August was followed by the temporary installing of Steve Rhodes for the season's final three matches until the appointment of Vikram Solanki. But now Solanki himself has gone off on international assignment with England's one-day squad.
Surprisingly chosen ahead of Warwickshire's Ian Bell for one-day duty, Solanki takes Kabir Ali with him for the trinations competition.
And, with this summer's limited-over i n t e r n a t i o n a l schedule stretching until July 12, that effectively leaves Batty in charge for over a month. It is a schedule that takes in the next two Championship matches, this Sunday's one-day tour matach against Bangladesh, a totesport League match against Essex the following Sunday, the whole of the Twenty20 Cup competition and the Championship matach against Batty's native Yorkshire a month today.
How much of that little schedule Batty will actually see is down to the fitness of Ashley Giles.
If the Warwickshire spinner's niggling thigh problem still shows no sign of clearing up when he reports with England tomorrow Batty will be called up as cover.
"I've been led to believe I'm the one in line," said Batty. "But we'll just have to see how Ash is. I know there's been talk of surgery, but I understand it ' s not nearly as serious as that.
"All I can do for the moment is concentrate on giving my all to captaining Worcestershire for the first time, which is a great honour.
"I'm feeling pretty good, although maybe a little miffed too, with all the travelling I've done for so little work."
It was Batty's efforts in Worcestershire's nine-wicket win on their last visit to Bath in June 2003 - a match haul of nine for 154 - that really pushed his claims to the first international call up that came that winter. And he again expects to be kept busy in the next few days.
Batty said: "I did all right last time we were at Bath, with three wickets in the first innings and another six in the second. And if it's a similar wicket and we can win this one too, we'll be hard on the tail of Durham."
Young paceman Nadeem Malik comes in for his first Championship start of 2005 instead of Kabir, while Ray Price - Batty's replacement for last week's rain-affected draw with leaders Durham - keeps his place.
That allows the Pears to operate with a two-man spin attack for the first time this summer. And, with the wicket likely to offer as much help to the spinner as festival grounds tend to do, it is a sign of the visitors' thinking that Stephen Peters, the obvious choice for a quick recall had Worcestershire wanted an extra batsman, has been allowed to head off and try to recapture his form on second XI duty against Kent.
Somerset welcome back pace bowlers Richard Johnson and Andrew Caddick. Both were forced to miss the county's last clash against Leicestershire due to niggling side strains but have been included in a 12-man squad.
Overseas stars Graeme Smith and Sanath Jayasuriya are selected in a batting lineup which also includes Ian Blackwell, while Matt Wood comes in for James Hildreth.
WORCESTERSHIRE: G J Batty (capt), S C Moore, S M Davies, G A Hick, B F Smith, Z De Bruyn, W P U C J Vaas, D J Pipe, R W Price, M M Mason, N M Malik. Twelfth man: D K H Mitchell.