I'm up to it. That's the message from Sean Abbott to the Australian selectors as he chases a recall to the national one-day and T20 sides.
The right-arm allrounder got his first taste of international cricket three years ago when a member of the Australian squad which toured the UAE against Pakistan.
He went on to play three Twenty20 internationals and one one-day international and while he's been absent from the Australian side since, it's an experience that whet his appetite.
Abbott has been a standout for the Sydney Sixers during their past two Big Bash League campaigns and says he's hungry to get back into the Australian squad.
"I'd definitely be ready for it and I'd be up to it if selectors decided to go that way," Abbott said.
"All the guys playing for our country at the moment are playing some really good cricket so there's a lot of competition around.
"That's always in the back of your mind, everyone wants to play for their country and I had a taste of it a few years ago and I think about it quite a lot and it's somewhere I want to get back to.
"There's definitely a lot of hard work to do."
Abbott was the leading wicket-taker in the 2016-17 BBL and was again a standout in the Sixers' loss to the Perth Scorchers on Saturday, taking 3-28 and contributing an important 23 with the bat.
The 25-year-old, who will line up for the Sixers against Adelaide at the SCG on Thursday, endured a setback in August last year when he suffered a broken ankle.
While playing for the National Performance Squad, he suffered the injury when Cameron Bancroft drove the ball back down the pitch into his lower leg, leaving him in traction for several months.
"I was getting around on a little knee scooter and getting quite a lot of funny looks, especially when I was zooming around Bunnings and Woolies," Abbott said.
He tried to use that time away from the game to find ways to improve his game and felt he was back to the standard required to play international cricket.
"You want to be playing cricket and the best way to improve is to get that experience and play more and more games," Abbott said.
"It gave me some time to work on things physically and have a think about my own game.
"While being out of the game hurts, there's always a way you can improve and I just made the best out a bad situation."