Michael Beer knocked over batsmen No3 to No7 in the England top order to emerge as a spinner of note the last time Western Australia hosted the visitors at the start of an Ashes campaign.
The left-armer's incisive performance in that match went a considerable way towards ushering him into the Test team later that summer and a flush of overseas tours.
Beer's path has since veered towards one-day cricket after the arrival of raw but gifted youngster Ashton Agar squeezed him out of the WA Sheffield Shield team, but he was eager to return to red-ball cricket when the three-dayer against England starts at the WACA Ground on Thursday.
"It has been about 11 months since I played a first-class game so it will be nice to be out there with the white clothes and with a red ball," Beer said.
"It is a great opportunity to show my leadership as captain, but if I take wickets that will be my currency to get back in the (Warriors) side."
Agar was preferred to Beer in the youthful WA team that will take on Victoria at the MCG tomorrow. The new face of WA cricket will be apparent at the MCG where Will Bosisto, who scored 169 not out for the University colts on Sunday, and Cameron Bancroft are due to make their shield debuts.
And none of Hilton Cartwright (two shield matches), Agar (five), John Rogers (five) and Sam Whiteman (eight) had played a game before last November.
Shaun Marsh will captain WA for the first time as he, like Beer, attempts to use his experience and seniority to bolster his prospects of promotion to a higher level.
Beer is a first-choice member of the Perth Scorchers team. He is highly effective in the Twenty20 format and led WA in their Ryobi Cup campaign in Sydney this month.