Tim Ambrose admits he is excited about the challenge of trying to become England's very own version of Adam Gilchrist.
The Warwickshire gloveman is the latest player to get the chance for England as the search for a long-term replacement for Alec Stewart goes on.
He will also have to try and live up to the feats of Gilchrist, who has redefined the wicketkeeper-batsman role ever since he burst onto the international scene.
The Australian's ability to produce match-turning innings from number seven is something Ambrose is hoping he can achieve when he makes his Test debut in the series against New Zealand.
"I don't think he has distorted what people expect but he has raised the bar, which is always a good thing," said the Australian-born Ambrose.
"It may be hard to expect other players to perform the same as him, but I don't think it's harsh for players to want and to expect themselves to reach that benchmark.
"Maybe one day someone will do better than that, who knows? He's raised the bar and that's always a good thing in sport."
Ambrose admits it will be a sad day for cricket when Gilchrist ends his Australia career at the conclusion of the forthcoming Commonwealth Bank series.
The 36-year-old has scored over 5570 in Test cricket as well as being a highly-successful one-day opener, managing to score his runs at a strike rate of 96.90.
"I think it's a sad day that he's gone," said Ambrose. "Like everyone else, I've always enjoyed watching him play.
"He's been the benchmark for our particular skill and it's sad that we won't get to see him play any more, but what a privilege to have been able to see him play in the first place."
Before the Test action gets underway against the Black Caps England have a one-day series to focus on, though it is likely Ambrose will be the understudy to Durham's Phil Mustard.
"The one-day series is first so I'm focusing my game on that and making sure that if I get a chance I'm ready to play," he added.
"I'd like to think I'm strong in both games. In the modern game you have to be able to play both formats and Twenty20.
"You have to be flexible and adaptable and that's how I'd like to think of my game."