In his three years between Australian games, Moises Henriques refused to grow frustrated with the thought he may never represent his country again.
Henriques capped a successful week-long return to Australia colours on Friday night with career-best figures of 3-22 in the Twenty20 loss to India.
But as has often been the case for Henriques, the 33-year-old’s path back into the Australian side has not been easy.
A teenage prodigy when he burst onto the state scene 15 years ago, injuries and selections have stopped him stringing together long stints for Australia.
He has also spoken publicly of his personal battles in recent years, while still averaging 53 with the bat in the past three seasons of the domestic one-day cup.
He also averaged 45 last summer in the Sheffield Shield, before hitting two tons in the opening three rounds this year.
It this week prompted former captain Mark Taylor to claim selectors had made a mistake by not giving him more than his four Tests.
“I don’t think there’s any confusion from my point of view,” Henriques said.
“If I was performing well enough and dominating domestic cricket or international cricket … then it might be a different issue.
“But when it’s a 50-50 decision, you can never really have too much beef when they’re left you out because it’s you or someone else.
“There’s a couple of guys that are always fighting for those last few spots and if one of those guys gets an opportunity it’s on them to play as well as they can.”
Henriques has done just that since Marcus Stoinis was injured last week, and will be a lock in the white-ball side for the rest of the series and next year’s tour of New Zealand.
He was Australia’s most economical bowler in his return in the second ODI in Sydney, before looking good with the bat in Wednesday’s loss in Canberra.
The allrounder was arguably Australia’s best with both bat and fall in Friday’s T20, varying his pace nicely on a pitch that suited his bowling.
He also looked the most likely to get the hosts home with the bat, before falling lbw for 30 off 20 balls.
“It’s just a matter of, you know, trying to repeat what I’ve kind of been doing for the last few years, making the most out of every situation” Henriques said.
“Everything’s a learning curve.
“For the last few years I’ve just tried to go about my processes and whether you’re selected or not, it’s like external recognition.”