Marcus Trescothick has told Sky Sports News he would consider a dramatic return to Test cricket for next summer's Ashes series.
The classy left-hander announced his retirement from international cricket in March after suffering with bouts of homesickness and depression while on tour with England.
Trescothick's six-year stint at the top of the England order saw him register 14 Test centuries at an average of 43.79 - statistics which back up just how important he was, and still could be to the national side.
And with England struggling to find a solid opening partnership, many players and pundits have been drawn to Trescothick's potentially Championship-winning performances for Somerset this season.
One man who has made no secret of his admiration for the 32-year-old is newly-appointed England captain Kevin Pietersen, and Trescothick revealed there has been contact between the two about a return to the Test arena.
"We have been in contact over the last couple of weeks just to say well played in the last series and to talk about the start to his career as captain," he told Sky Sports News.
"We don't approach the subject really, he just tries to twist my arm a bit but I told him the truth, I didn't want to beat around the bush really - I have no aspirations of making it back playing for England at the moment."
Pietersen clearly has strong persuasive powers, evidence of which comes after the England skipper lured Steve Harmison back to the one-day set-up this summer after the Durham paceman initially retired in 2007.
However, Trescothick admits there is far more at stake for himself should he decide to dust off the England sweater and make himself available again to the national selectors.
"It's a little bit different my situation and I laid it down pretty quick," he said.
"I said as much as I would love to get back and play tomorrow if I could, there's a massive price I have to pay to do that and that for me is not worth taking."
With Australia set to return to England next summer looking to avenge their 2005 disappointment, Trescothick admits the lure of an Ashes comeback could be too hard to resist.
"I feel I could play in England and I would cope with that okay, I don't think I could cope with playing abroad, so if they said they needed me for one Test I would give it a lot of thought," he said.
"I think what they have got to be really careful about is they don't want to bring someone in for one Test.
"I'd think about it but I have retired and as I said I have no aspirations to play at the moment.
"They have started off really nicely since Kevin has taken over and India is a huge challenge because it is one of the hardest places to go and play, they are a good side and in their own country they are very, very tough to beat."