Middlesex captain Chris Rogers conceded that he had all-but given up hope of a recall to the Australia Test side and is now determined to make up for lost time against England.
The left-handed batsman, who is set to turn 36 this summer, was a surprise inclusion in Australia's 16-man Ashes squad, which was unveiled Down Under on Wednesday.
Rogers has a wealth of experience in English conditions having enjoyed spells at Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire and is currently captaining and opening the batting for Division One title hopefuls Middlesex.
A regular on the county circuit, Rogers could have been forgiven for thinking his international days were behind him, especially considering that his one and only Test match to-date came in 2008 against India.
He told a press conference: "There were times when I'd probably given up (on a call-up) a little bit. But in the last three or four months there seems to have been a little bit of momentum and my name has been mentioned a few times so I got quite hopeful for a little while and to get the call was pretty exciting so I just can't wait to be a part of it.
"I probably have more experience in English conditions than anyone else in the side and hopefully a little bit of knowledge of the opposition as well. I'll probably be looking to pass on pieces of information and also to bring some experience with my batting as well.
On the selection of Rogers, Australia captain Michael Clarke added: "It's good to see Chris back in the squad: he's been a consistent performer over a long period of time in first-class cricket.
"So he certainly deserves his opportunity: he knows the English conditions really well and I am confident he will be a big performer in the Ashes."
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