Skipper Michael Clarke has insisted vice-captain Shane Watson's return has not guaranteed him a place in Australia's Test XI during their four-match series against India.
Watson will play international cricket for the first time in a month come Wednesday's third ODI against the West Indies in Canberra, where the injury-plagued all-rounder will play as a specialist batsman.
The 31-year-old Watson has opted not to deliver his right-arm seam for the foreseeable future, as bowling has typically caused him several injuries problems in the past, the latest of which was a calf strain aggravated during the Boxing Day Test against South Africa last year.
"I don't think anybody walks into the Australian cricket team. It's about performance, and the strength of Shane is that he's performed over a period of time, in all three forms of the game. He is vice-captain of the team and it will be great to have Watson back," said Clarke.
"As I've said to him, while he's not bowling he goes into a much bigger pool of players - the pool of batsmen is much bigger than the pool of all-rounders in Australian cricket at the moment.
"But Shane knows if he's at his best, he's as good as any player in the world, let alone in the Australian team. Our goal as a team is to help Watson get back to his best."
Named the country's Twenty20 Player of the Year at Monday's Allan Border Medals award ceremony, Watson maintained his ambition to bowl again eventually.
For the time being, though, the veteran fixed his focus on a stretch of fine form at the top of the Test order - in India and back-to-back series against England later this year.
"At this point in time it is purely as a batsman and wherever I fit in. It has been something that I've been thinking about for a long period of time, especially over the last 12 months, when things haven't gone exactly to plan with my body. Hopefully I can just get some continuity with my batting over the next few months and then slowly build into getting some bowling under my belt," he added.
"The perfect world for me would be making sure I'm able to bowl and contribute with the ball during the Ashes. I know that's looking a long way forward, but even just physically to be able to give myself a chance to get to that is a dream for me at the moment."