England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose has insisted he will bounce back from his disappointing NatWest Series against New Zealand.
England slumped to a 3-1 defeat in the one-day series, with Ambrose managing just 10 runs and heavily criticised for dropping a skier from Jamie How.
But the Warwickshire man has vowed to put his poor form behind him when the npower Test series against South Africa gets underway on Thursday.
He said: "It was very disappointing not to get in there and give myself a chance to influence the games in the one-day series with the bat.
"I had worked really hard and that was a big disappointment. I've spoken to a few people since and they've told me it is just the way the game goes sometimes.
"For me it was basically the one-day series that never was because I never really got going and now I just have to brush that aside and continue with the Tests against South Africa.
"To be fair, I thought I kept really well. I know I missed the chance at Lord's that got away in the wind but I don't drop too many of them."
Ambrose is under pressure to regain his form, with Phil Mustard and Matt Prior among the wicketkeepers vying for the England spot.
However Ambrose is being driven on by the thought of playing in the 2009 Ashes.
"You are always aware of the competition out there because there are a lot of cricketers trying to play in every position in the England side," he said.
"From my point of view, I don't think about the prospect of being dropped because that is something hat is out of my control.
"I've got half an eye on the Ashes series because my family are planning to come over from Australia for that one. It would be nice to be playing for England in front of my family.
"I think everyone's dream is to play in the Ashes and it would be great if I ended up playing in 2009."