Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has vowed to let his actions do the talking as he looks to reclaim his Test position ahead of Australia's three-match series against South Africa starting in November.
Haddin, who turns 35 later this month, flew home from the tour of the Caribbean in April without playing a game to care for his seriously ill daughter.
Victorian Matthew Wade made the most of his opportunity in Haddin's absence and is the new incumbent.
The man Wade replaced stopped short of declaring he wants his old job back but promised to state a compelling case to the selectors in the coming weeks.
"If you're performing well there's no topic of conversation about it (selection) and if you're not performing the way you should, it's open for debate," Haddin said on Wednesday.
"From that point of view my mindset's what it's been since I started playing, I've just got to make sure I'm in the best possible space I can be in as a cricketer and everything else takes care of itself."
Asked if he has discussed his future prospects with Australia coach Mickey Arthur, a coy Haddin replied: "I've always been in contact with Mickey ever since he's taken over but that's the least of my worries, it's about performing on the cricket pitch and all that will take care of itself in due course."
Haddin struck a classy century for NSW in the drawn Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania last week.
But while satisfied with his first first-class century in almost two years, he says his glove work was even more pleasing.
"I'm happy with where my game's at with both batting and keeping and I'm just enjoying being back playing cricket to be perfectly honest," he said.
"The bottom line is the runs are very good but I'm a wicket-keeper.
"That's my No.1 job and I've been very happy with where that's at ... so from a keeping point of view I couldn't be happier."
Haddin will lead the defending Big Bash League champions, the Sydney Sixers, into battle in the Champions League T20 from October 9-28.
"We've got a very well-balanced team here and we're under no illusions that you've got to start the tournament well," Haddin said of his side's prospects of winning the lucrative tournament for a second straight year.
"Tournament play is about starting well and getting better every game as you're moving forward.
"We've got some real match winners in this team, we're also a very, very good cricket team together. We cover a lot of bases with bowling, batting and spinners.
"We know each other pretty well and we're looking forward to getting on the big stage and seeing how we go in the pink."
First Posted 03 October, 2012 6:10PM AEDT