Peter Siddle, Australia's most reliable and resilient Test bowler, has asked the selectors to consider him for a 2015 World Cup berth as he prepares to end his self-imposed exile from one-day cricket.
Even the supremely fit Siddle admits the losing Ashes series left him physically and emotionally flat, but after time in the Greek islands and Italy, he is preparing to carry the attack through the home Ashes and press for one-day international selection after almost three years as a Test specialist.
He has an agreement with Cricket Australia's high-performance unit to sit out Victoria's first couple of Ryobi Cup games in Sydney, but return later in the carnival to the format he last played in February, 2012.
''Back-to-back Ashes series were the main focus, to get away from the white ball for a little bit, but it's always been the plan to start playing one-day cricket again in the hope if I play well for Victoria I can get selected again for Australia,'' Siddle told Fairfax Media.
''I will be 30 by the time the World Cup comes around, so realistically it's probably going to be the last opportunity I get to play in one. That is part of the reason to do all I can. If I get selected, great. If not, it's not the end of the world.''
Durable Englishman Jimmy Anderson was the only paceman to bowl more overs than Siddle's 189.5 during Australia's 3-0 loss in England, and the Victorian admits his form tailed off in the second half of the series.
He started with a heroic, eight-wicket performance at Trent Bridge and finished with 17 wickets at 31 in the five Test matches. ''It took a toll on a lot of us,'' Siddle said. ''I'd been over there for a long time with Aussie A before that. We spent a lot of time out in the field and I did bowl a lot of overs, so the body, physically, was very tired, and mentally, the same thing.
''Being in so many positions to win and not showing on the scoreboard did weigh us down a bit. My back half of the series was a bit flat, so there's a lot of things I want to work on, but it was good to get away [afterwards] and relax physically and mentally.''
The Australian one-day team is about to play a seven-match series in India. Its next assignment is to host England for five games after the Ashes, by which time the home World Cup will be just a year away.
As James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird and Pat Cummins recover from back injuries, much will again be asked of the near-unbreakable Siddle during the second Ashes instalment.
In Mike Hussey's new book, Underneath the Southern Cross, the retired Test batsman expresses bewilderment at the selectors' decision to withdraw Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus from the crucial Perth Test against South Africa last summer.
''The pitch looked green, the two guys didn't have to train in the lead-up, and they really wanted to play,'' Hussey writes. ''… As a member of the team, I was bewildered. Different rationales were coming out all the time. First, I was hearing they were exhausted and couldn't recover in time. The next day the story was they had injury niggles. Then I heard a third version, that they'd been dropped. I didn't know what was going on.''
Hussey felt the decision sent a ''confusing signal'', but Siddle (who had bowled himself to the point of exhaustion in the previous Test in Adelaide) insisted he had no regrets. ''I'm not sure how Hilfy felt about it, but I know if I had my time again I would do exactly the same thing,'' he said.
''At that stage I wasn't fit enough to get through. You can think of it hypothetically, we could have bowled them out for 200 each innings and I might only have to bowl 30 overs and get through, but if I had to bowl 40, 50 overs I might have broken down. I couldn't get up to bowl any overs in preparation for the game so it was a pretty easy decision to make.''