Australian quick bowler Ryan Harris has revealed he will make his comeback from an achilles injury for Australia 'A'.
The seamer will take to the field against Gloucestershire for the first time since the injury forced him home early from the IPL.
The 33-year-old will be hoping he can show enough in the coming weeks to persuade captain Michael Clarke and the selectors that he is ready to return to the Test side for the Ashes opener at Trent Bridge.
First, though, he must get through the game at Bristol.
"I know I'm playing. I don't know if I can say it, but I am playing," he told Sky Sports. "I'm looking forward to playing and (I) can't wait to get out there and get back in to bowl.
"You know, not Twenty20 style bowling, proper bowling, getting into good spells and bowling 20, 30 overs would be nice."
Despite his recent lay off the Queensland paceman says he feels in good shape.
"I've actually bowled quite a lot in net sessions and training so I've been quite lucky, to be honest," Harris said.
"I'm coming off that achilles problem and leaving India wasn't ideal. Getting home and getting the treatment I needed, the achilles actually reacted really well to treatment so coming over here and being able to bowl lots and lots of balls in the nets has been great."
However, for all the good his work in the nets has done him, Harris expressed his pleasure at being able get back out onto the pitch, for an actual match.
"I've had a gut full of that (netting) and I'm ready to bowl in games and play games. Coming into this game on Friday, I'm really looking forward to playing in it."