Batsman Brad Hodge has fixed his sights on a return to the Australian Test team ahead of tours of India and England.
The 38-year-old Hodge last represented his country in 2008 and is currently playing for Barisal in the Bangladesh Premier League - the country's premier Twenty20 tournament.
Short-format cricket, including a fine stretch of form for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, has been the veteran's main focus this year. A potential return to Victoria's first-choice XI for their final three matches of the Sheffield Shield, however, has reignited Hodge's hopes of a Test return.
"Would I like to play for Australia? Of course, everyone would. I probably deserved to play a little bit more when I had the opportunity. It seems that there seems to be a lot more rotating players than when I was in my prime," ESPNcricinfo quoted Hodge as saying.
"I am still playing good enough to represent Australia I think. But I do believe that my opportunity is passed. Having said that I am considering after this tournament, to go back to four-day cricket and have a quick shot at trying to make the Ashes team."
Former captain Ricky Ponting and the left-handed Michael Hussey's recent retirements have left the Australians short of a senior batsman, with erstwhile team-mate Shane Warne suggesting the selectors consider Hodge to fill the void.
"You know what, I wouldn't even write off Brad Hodge. He is in the best form of his life and you look around at who's the best young player going around," Warner said earlier this year.
"There are so many but I think it's really important Australia have that mix of experience and youth.There's no point in picking two or three young blokes for the sake of it because they're young. They've still got to earn their spot."