Emerging cult hero Chris Rogers is so "hopeless" at Twenty20 cricket even the Sydney Thunder cut him, so he'll play for another state's second XI to prepare for next month's South Africa Test tour.
Test opener Rogers had been planning to take a month off cricket in the wake of the gruelling back to back Ashes series, from which he emerged top scorer from either team.
But the 36-year-old from Victoria will now play a second XI match for South Australia - against NSW in Sydney on January 27 - to help prepare to face Proteas pace trio Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
Fun-loving Rogers has been fined by Australian coach Darren Lehmann for being late to Tuesday's public reception for the Ashes champions at the Sydney Opera House.
Rogers apologised again for his tardiness on Thursdsay and accepted his slap on the wrist, before admitting he's slightly embarrassed that the impromptu dance routine he performed when he did turn up has exploded in popularity online.
Australia's unexpected new personality player reckons he'll still find a dance floor or two over the coming weeks, but for the most part, Rogers wants to take stock and reflect on the enormity of his achievements before hitting the nets.
"I think that's going to be nice. A year ago I would never have believed this was going to happen," he said.
"To take some time and sit down and think about it and maybe watch a little bit of the footage would be nice.
"(On Tuesday) it was fantastic for so many people to turn up. I apologise for being late ... that's why I probably had to get up on the dance floor."
After his success in the Ashes with a more aggressive approach, Rogers is determined to prove he can succeed against the No.1 Test side in the world away from home.
Without a Big Bash League T20 contract, Rogers will have to acquaint himself with some new South Australian teammates for match practice, with the Sheffield Shield season not resuming until February.
"I got cut by the (winless) Thunder. If you get cut by the Thunder, you're probably struggling," joked Rogers.
"I don't think the Vics have a game on so Pat Howard and Darren Lehmann are just going to make sure there's a few of us who get cricket, for the right reasons. I look forward to that.
"I've played (no cricket) whatsoever in South Africa because I'm a hopeless T20 player.
"It's going to be a huge challenge. If I can do well against these guys then I can say I've done well against the best in the world."