Warwickshire begin their Natwest Pro40 Division One campaign confident in the knowledge that whatever they do against Sussex this evening has to considerably better than what they produced the last time they stepped on a cricket pitch.
The palsied nature of their Liverpool Victoria County Championship battering at Yorkshire - they lost by an innings and 96 runs - means that all but the heaviest of defeats at Hove tonight will be an improvement.
In fact, they will probably be happy to forget that the last couple of weeks ever happened and will endeavour to turn back the clock to the latter part of the Twenty20 Cup competition in which they came within a whisker of making the quarter-finals.
As form indicators go, those victories over Worcestershire and Northamptonshire are about all they have to point to following a pretty poor showing in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, when they finished second from bottom of their conference.
They will also hope Sussex extend their Twenty20 record into the longer one-day version, as the Sharks lost all of their last three matches to drop out of contention for the last eight.
Conversely, they have qualified for the C&G final and, under the lights on their own patch, will be a severe test for Mark Greatbatch's beleaguered side.
One positive for the Bears is that spinner Alex Loudon returns to the squad, having never been so grateful for the neck injury that kept him out of the Scarborough farce. Navdeep Poonia and Michael Powell are also back in the frame, as Luke Parker and Mark Wagh drop out of the squad.
Meanwhile, the 2nd XI travel to Yorkshire for a four-day Championship match, starting this morning.