Australia spinner Xavier Doherty is hoping to get his name back on the Test team sheet after recent performances for the one-day side against Sri Lanka showed his value as a slow bowler.

Doherty has only played two Tests for the Baggy Green, the last of which was in 2010, but the three wickets he took against the Sri Lankans in the fifth ODI helped the Aussies draw the series and he hopes this will jog the selectors' memory.

When asked about his chances of returning to the Test side, Doherty said: "Being in this team now and taking a few wickets is keeping my name up there.

"I'd certainly love to play again in the Test team. I wasn't that rapt with the way it all went and would love another chance to make an impact there.

"I think I'm a better bowler than I was when I played Test cricket two years ago and at 30 still quite young as far as an international player goes. I think I've got plenty to learn and I definitely think I can play a part if that's the way things go.

"It was very disappointing (to be dropped from the Test team) but, going back over it, it was a great opportunity and I think where you learn your most is in your disappointments and your failures, so I certainly took a lot out of it."

Doherty will need to displace current Test spinner Nathan Lyon though, or hope the selectors choose to add another tweaker to the squad to face India on the sub-continent at the end of February.