Australian batsman Steve Smith will try to use the next two one-day internationals to prove his ability in the shorter form of the game ahead of next year’s World Cup.
The 24-year-old cemented his spot in the Australian Test side with a telling effort in this summer’s 5-0 Ashes win, but has been in and out of the national one-day setup over the past two years.
He was initially overlooked for the current one-day series against England but was brought into the squad this week when a host of first-choice players were rested following Australia’s series-clinching win in Sydney at the weekend.
With a one-day World Cup looming on home soil next year, Smith said he would have to make the most of an increasingly rare ODI appearance.
“(The World Cup) is obviously still a fair way away but every opportunity you get, you've got to try and impress,” he said.
“I haven't played for a while now so hopefully I can come out and make an impact and hopefully win a couple of games for Australia.
“Obviously the boys have set a pretty good platform for me, 3-0 up going into this game.
“Hopefully we can finish the series well and get a clean sweep.”
With a tour of South Africa looming net month Australia have opted to rest Test regulars Dave Warner and Brad for the final two ODIs, this Friday at the WACA Ground and Sunday at Adelaide Oval.
Captain Michael Clarke and Shane Watson will not play in Perth but are expected to return for the final game.
Smith said he didn't expect the mass changes to affect Australia’s chances of extending their series lead to 4-0.
“I don't see why not, everyone's in good form,” he said.
“We're in a pretty confident space at the moment, playing good cricket.
“Hopefully we can carry on with the way we've played and a few boys can step up and make some big runs.”