Final day: Worcestershire drew with Durham
Given the way the international stage dominates the modern game and the frequency with which overseas players come and go, English cricket seems in a state of transition.
Take Worcestershire. Having taken charge of his last County Championship game, Tom Moody must now pick his last team for this week's visit to Bath to play Somerset minus skipper Vikram Solanki and all-rounder Kabir Ali. Possibly even vice captain Gareth Batty too, if Ashley Giles' injury problems show no sign of clearing it.
If Batty is called up, Worcestershire will have to pick another skipper. And it is pretty safe to assume that Ben Smith will not be among the candidates.
At a time of instability at New Road, Smith has picked just the right moment to emerge as the sort of reliable batsman on which his teammates used to be able to cling.
Two centuries in successive Championship matches, to end a generally poor run of early season form, have proved to the general public what he already knew himself - that last season's muchpublicised captaincy resignation issue is completely behind him.
"I'm happy how things are," said Smith. "And I don't think I'd want to change anything.
"What happened at the end of last season was quite simple. I didn't want to be captain any more.
"That's gone now. But I've got enough experience to be seen simply as a senior player. And it's just a question of holding my place down in the team.
"I had the few weeks at the end of last season to get used to not being captain. And I've had all winter to develop my skills and get fit. But you don't just want to sit back and say 'Oh, it will happen'. You have to work hard and get yourself mentally right."
Having said that, all batsmen need a bit of luck - as Durham can testify more readily than most.
Even Brian Lara's world record 501 at Edgbaston 11 summers ago would have been aborted early on had not Durham wicketkeeper Chris Scott dropped him on ten.
Likewise, Smith's 34th first-class century owed much to a tough chance missed by Paul Collingwood on Friday morning when he had made just four. It was 24 hours later before Durham were to finally get him.
By the close of play on Friday night, having gone virtually a whole calendar year without a century, he had reached his second in successive innings. And, making light of a wearing wicket, there were a few more runs to come on Saturday morning.
Smith only gave one other chance when missed by Nathan Astle at slip off Collingwood. But, just an over later, Astle this time held on to a far harder looking chance off Ashley Noffke and Smith was gone for 123.
"It was maybe a bit scrappy," said Smith. "But it was what we needed at the time.
"There have been other centuries I've scored that have given me a lot more pleasure, but this was one of the better ones I've made for the team cause.
"And it was imperative that I got such good support from Chaminda Vaas, who really showed that he is an all rounder."
Having also removed Vaas leg before in the second full over of the day, Smith's dismissal took Noffke's haul to four wickets on his delayed Durham debut. And it was left to Collingwood to finish off the innings when Ray Price skied an attempted pull to mid-off.
With an a precious 11-run lead, that left Durham to bat out time for the rest of the day. An example of Championship at its most laborious, enlivened only by Collingwood's century.
It was Collingwood's second against Worcestershire this season, his 129 up at the Riverside in April having effectively won Durham that game inside two days. And, ending a run of eight innings in between in which he has failed to pass 30, it confirmed his love of Midland bowling attacks.
Of his career haul of seven Championship centuries, it was pointed out by one respected doyen of the New Road press box, five have now been either against Worcestershire or Warwickshire.