Worcestershire say goodbye to one overseas signing and hello again to a former favourite when Hampshire, the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy finalists, make the long trek to New Road today.
While Zander De Bruyn makes his final appearance, just as the South African has found his best form, being welcomed back into the visitors' dressing-room is another rejuvenated all-rounder in Andy Bichel. The end of the Australian's third summer at New Road was not a happy one as the punishing international schedule he had endured during the previous four years caught up with him.
But, after a poor summer with the ball, cushioned by his excellent form with the bat, Bichel's bowling returned to its best this winter with Queensland, where he broke Craig McDermott's Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup state record for most wickets in a season.
"His form last year wasn't as good as normal," said Worcestershire coach Steve Rhodes, who was part of a beaten dressingroom alongside Bichel at the C&G Trophy final at Lord's a year ago.
"But he bounced back Down Under, restored his confidence and now he's firing on all cylinders again. And I'm pleased for him. He's a mate. And, at the end of the day, you want to see your mates do well."
It perhaps lessened Hampshire's achievement on Saturday that, due to cricket's crazy qualifying laws, they reached a Lord's final with only eight players in their team who had come through this country's system. They then played a travel-fatigued Yorkshire side, minus the visitors' two best players.
As far as the totesport League Division One survival hopes of bottom club Worcestershire are concerned, Hampshire, one of their main relegation rivals, present a stern test today.
The home side are grateful that skipper Vikram Solanki and veteran Graeme Hick appear fit to return - although Stephen Peters is standing by.
WORCESTERSHIRE (probable): V S Solanki (capt), S D Moore, G A Hick, Z De Bruyn, B F Smith, S M Davies, D A Leatherdale, G J Batty, Kabir Ali, R W Price, N M Malik.