Anthony McGrath believes Michael Vaughan's omission from the England squad will help Yorkshire's domestic campaign.
The 34-year-old former England skipper will enjoy a full pre-season for the white rose county, including a trip to the United Arab Emirates to defend the Pro ARCH Trophy.
McGrath thinks an impressive early season showing from the experienced batsman will put him in contention for a place in the Ashes squad.
"He looks really well. He is looking forward to a full pre-season with us, and hopefully some runs early on will put him in the frame for the home series," said the Yorkshire captain.
"He is in really good spirits and everyone here is hoping he can get back for the West Indies series in May but if not that one then Australia.
"If he does play well, he is still one of England's best batters."
Unlike previous years, Yorkshire only have one representative in the England squad for the West Indies tour in young leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
McGrath added: "As well as trying to win things here, and be successful, one of our aims is to produce players that play for the national side.
"We're very proud that Adil has been picked - hopefully he will get a go - and we hope Michael will get back in."
However, McGrath does have concerns about the effect the international experience will have on his young bowler.
"My only reservation is, if it doesn't go too well, that he is discarded and left to his own devices. We have to learn from what has gone before with people like Chris Schofield, who played a couple of times and was then just left out the game," he said.
"In my opinion, we will not see the best of Adil Rashid until he is 26, 27, 28, which is a number of years off."