Marcus Trescothick is preparing for his first tour since pulling out of England's Ashes series in Australia in 2006.
The former England opener opted to go home for 'personal reasons' and announced his unavailabilty for future tours, but is set to head for the Middle East with Somerset this week.
That could eventually signal a return to the England fold, although Trescothick himself remains cautious.
"This is the first tour I've been on since I came back from Australia," he told Sky Sports News. "It's a 12-day trip over to Abu Dhabi and then play a few games over there. It's just an exercise in experiencing being away again and getting into the habit of doing it all again."
Asked if he approached the trip with trepidation or excitement, Trescothick admitted: "A bit of both to be honest. The fact is I want to get back and play a bit of cricket, but I am bound to be a little bit nervous about the whole situation. It is the first time I have been away from the security side of it if you like and I am just trying to test myself again and see what happens.
"I understand the problems I have had to deal with but it is a totally different situation altogether. There is no real pressure on the trip, it is a pre-season trip, we will be away from media attention. I don't think we can compare the intensity of the trips.
"I am 99 per cent sure that it is going to be alright but there is still that element of doubt in your mind that thinks 'what happens if things start to happen?' but that is something we can deal with as we go along."
Asked if he saw the tour as a stepping-stone to an England return, Trescothick added: "I don't know at this point to be honest. I am going to have to do little things like this to understand if I am going to make myself available again. I am going to have to do these sort of trips and gradually build it up as we go along. I am not putting any pressure on myself.
"It gives you a better indication of where things are. If I make myself available then it is out of my hands. It comes down to how many runs I make for Somerset, how well I'm playing and then I can only control that side of it.
"I have just got to do what I do for Somerset. After that people can make decisions on whether I should play again. It is out of my hands."
The 32-year-old Trescothick has played 76 Tests and scored nearly 6,000 runs at an average of 43.79, but has not played for England since the ill-fated Oval Test against Pakistan in 2006.