England's embrace of continuity in their selection policy means the one-cap wonder is becoming a threatened species.
But yesterday, Michael Carberry – who made his debut in the first Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong in March only to be discarded for the second Test and not chosen since – compiled an impressive 162 in a record-setting partnership with Michael Lumb, registering his fifth century of the season and passing 1,000 first-class runs, ensuring he remains at least an outside chance of going to Australia in November.
He and Lumb put on 324 for the second wicket against Durham in Basingstoke, the highest partnership for Hampshire at the May's Bounty ground, for any wicket, and a county record for the second wicket against any opposition, on any ground.
Carberry eventually hit a mistimed drive to cover and Lumb fell four overs later for 158. With Neil McKenzie bowled by Ian Blackwell in between, Hampshire slipped from 345-1 to 348-4, but soon claimed a fourth batting point, rewarding Dominic Cork's decision to make Durham field after winning the toss.
At Canterbury, Arul Suppiah (125) and James Hildreth (151) shared a stand of 253 for the fourth wicket against Kent, rescuing Somerset from 59-3 as they seek to add impetus to their Championship challenge by securing a fifth win in six matches.
In the Second Division, Matthew Hoggard and Nadeem Malik took four wickets each as Derbyshire were bowled out for 182 at Grace Road, although the picture might have been a lot worse for the Peak county, once 67-8, had Dan Redfern not made 85.