Australia batsman David Hussey has renewed his hopes of making a late Test debut in next year's Ashes series.
Hussey will turn 35 next month but has set his sights on a Test berth after being selected for Australia's five-match one-day series in England this month. With the series widely regarded as a preview for the 2013 Ashes, Hussey is aiming to impress Australia's new selection panel.
"If I believed I couldn't play Test cricket I probably wouldn't be playing. I'd probably follow the T20 league around the world or something like that. That's still definitely a goal of mine - it's the ultimate to play Test cricket for your country," Hussey said.
Hussey, the younger brother of Test veteran Michael, has been a stalwart of Australia's one-day side since debuting in 2008. But despite boasting a first-class average of 54.84, he has never been selected to play Test cricket for Australia.
Hussey hopes his experience playing county cricket in England alongside fellow Australians Chris Rogers and Phil Hughes will favour him for an Ashes call-up.
"I'm hoping that the Aussie selectors realise that Chris, myself and Phil Hughes, who is making a lot of runs for Worcestershire, are doing the right things in county cricket and have played a lot over here," he continued. "Playing county cricket is definitely a big advantage and hopefully it's looked upon for future series."
Having met privately with Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday (Australian time), Hussey said he feels more comfortable than ever as one of the most experienced players in the Australian camp.
"I've played a lot of county cricket over here, playing all over the country, so you do get used to the conditions," Hussey said.
"It's up to me to pass on some knowledge about different wickets, especially to the younger bowlers on how to bowl and what bowling I didn't like to face at that particular time. It's important for me to pass on that experience."
Australia will meet Leicestershire in a warm-up match on Thursday before their one-day series opener against England at Lord's on June 29.