Ashton Agar wasn't at the WACA Ground to watch Australia reclaim the Ashes this week - the heat was too much to handle - but sitting at home watching the famous victory made him all the more determined to force his way back into the Test side.
Agar took the cricket world by storm in the first Ashes Test of the English summer, marking his debut by scoring a record 98 batting at No.11.
He was dropped after the next Test at Lord's in favour of regular spinner Nathan Lyon, but the young gun had stamped himself as a future Test star. On the eve of Perth Scorchers' Big Bash League showdown with Brisbane Heat at the Gabba tomorrow, the all-rounder conceded Australia's Ashes victory would make it hard to break into the national side, but he was willing to work overtime to put himself in the frame.
"Absolutely, the desire is there to get back in the side," Agar said.
"It's definitely as strong as it was before. I don't think it ever changes.
"I've just got to finish the season well in Sheffield Shield, put in strong performances for WA and help them win games. Same in the Big Bash.
"You've just got to focus on that and everything else takes care of itself."
The BBL opener against the Heat will be Agar's first Twenty20 match on home soil. He made his debut for the Scorchers in this year's T20 Champions League.
Known for his spin bowling in the longer form of the game, his ability with the bat enabled him to open the innings in India, averaging 18.33 in three knocks.
Although he's likely to be bumped down the order this summer, Agar said it was reassuring that coach Justin Langer had shown faith in his batting as the 20-year-old looked to become a genuine all-rounder in all three forms of the game.
"I'd like to play a role with both, I guess," he said. "In Shield cricket, I'm an all-rounder, but I'm batting at eight. It's nice to be a batter in this form of the game.
"He (Langer) backs me 100 per cent and he just likes me to stay natural and play with freedom because he knows that's when I play my best."
And Langer, the former Test opener now entrusted with the job of turning WA cricket around, makes no secret of the faith he has in his young charge.
"Ashton Agar did a pretty good job in Champions League," Langer said. "He's as an exciting and natural a player … you'll get sick of me saying it (but) he has enormous talent."
With Lyon seemingly ensconced in the Test side, there are plenty of people telling Agar to play the long game. But that's not how the he views it.
"I never try to use age as a barrier," Agar said. "I guess when you're ready, you're ready.
"I felt like I was ready when I played my first Test match and now I've just got some hard yards to do."