Tasmania opener Tim Paine has played down suggestions that he could be a future Australia captain.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has been backed by former skipper Steve Waugh as a possible long-term replacement for Ricky Ponting.
Following the defeat to England in Melbourne and a disappointing series with the bat, Ponting has found his position under increasing scrutiny.
A finger injury has subsequently ruled the 36-year-old out of the final Ashes Test in Sydney - and although Michael Clarke has been handed the reins in his absence, it has proved an unpopular decision among supporters.
And with the Australians in apparent disarray, Waugh believes Paine, who has only played four Tests, is the ideal candidate to unify the side.
The 26-year-old, though, insists he is focusing on reclaiming his Australia spot rather than thinking about skippering the side.
"It's nice to be spoken about in those terms by those type of people," he said.
"But it's just people - people say what they want to say don't they? So there's not a lot I can do about that or control it.
"I'm just going about my business, trying to get back into the Australian side and if I can do that and play enough cricket for Australia to be considered for that job then I'd be very happy with it."
Paine has just returned to action after breaking a finger and faces stiff competition from newly-installed vice-captain Brad Haddin for a place in the Australia side.
That has led to calls for Paine to play as a specialist batsman - however the Tasmanian insists wicketkeeping is the role he wants.
"In the last tour to India in tough conditions, I got a lot of self-belief out of that that I can perform, particularly at Test cricket level," Paine said.
"But obviously I'm a wicketkeeper-batsman so that's the spot I'll be looking to get.
"Whether that's sooner or later, it doesn't really bother me, it's obviously a goal somewhere down the track to get back into that side."