The forgotten man of Australian batting, Ed Cowan, admits he feels hard done by after having been discarded from calculations for the first Test, but has set about proving selectors wrong in the Sheffield Shield.
The Sydney-born opener will pad up for Tasmania in the first round of the four-day competition against NSW at Blacktown International Sportspark starting on Wednesday.
It was via weight of first-class runs that Cowan first forced his way into the national team against India in 2011 and he is eager to make another irresistible case.
The 31-year-old has been cast aside in the selection room as the likes of George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Alex Doolan, Michael Klinger and Aaron Finch have been discussed as Test candidates.
He is a victim in many ways of the revised schedule, with one-day cricket the only guide to current form via the Ryobi Cup and Australia's one-day tour of India.
"The way it has been structured is certainly conducive to the guys that have done well in white-ball cricket," Cowan said. "All of a sudden the media or the general public are throwing their names around for Test selection. You'd like to think that's not necessarily the case inside the selection meeting . . . a few of those guys are phenomenal white-ball cricketers and have proved that over a number of years but the challenges of Test cricket are completely different.
"I think I can take positives from two of the last three full Shield seasons I've played I've been the leading runscorer in the country. I know that I can do it and I look at a few of those guys and I think, like for like, over the long rung I'll prove myself to be a more valuable cricketer. People are 'it' players, if they're in form everyone loves hopping on the bandwagon. It's just a question of doing it over a long period of time."
Critics of Cowan will argue his Test average – 31.28 in 18 matches – does not merit a recall.
However, in Australia's last two major series before the Ashes in England – the wretched trip to India in February and March and the battle for the world No.1 ranking at home against South Africa last year – he was one of the team's top three performing batsmen.
He was then dumped after the first Test at Trent Bridge in July where he had failed but taken the field ill. Asked if he felt hard done by he replied:
"It's a hard question to answer without sounding aggrieved and sounding as though you've got a chip on your shoulder. The way I look at it is deep down I probably do feel a bit hard done by. I didn't really feel as though I went out on my own terms. But if you let that bog you down you're going to miss what's going on ahead of you.
"The only thing I can take positively from is the fact that it's a long summer. Things change. They've probably got their team down for the first three Tests but if that changes there will have been six Shield games played by then. It's a massive six weeks for the guys who won't be in the team to start with as much as the guys in the team."