Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams says promotion from Division Two is their number one priority this year following last season's success in the limited-overs formats of the game.
Hampshire won the CB40 and FL t20 but were less successful in the Championship, ending in fourth place.
And Adams says they must improve their form ahead of their County Championship curtain-raiser against Leicester.
"We dearly want to get promotion this year," Adams told BBC Radio Solent.
"We had a great year last year in many ways but we are also well aware that we fell short in the four-day game.
"So we've looked at areas where we can improve from last year.
"Come September hopefully after a season of hard work and toil, we can welcome Division One cricket here next season."
Wicketkeeper Adam Wheater will make his Hampshire debut and start ahead of Michael Bates, and Hampshire manager Giles White admitted it had been a hard call.
"It was a tough decision but we will have a number of those this season," White told BBC Radio Solent.
"We feel it is the right decision for this game.
"Leicester are a competitive side and they showed that last year and we need to be at out best. But I feel we have the quality to get the result we are looking for.
"The atmosphere in the camp is one of excitement at this stage.
"I think we've had a really good pre-season and I'm very happy with the way we've prepared in Barbados. We've had some decent weather so we're ready to go."