Star allrounder Cameron Green says he understands the reason why he was snubbed for July's ODI and T20 tour of the West Indies.
Green was one of a number of big names who missed out on the extended 23-man squad for the eight-match limited-overs tour.
Marnus Labuschagne, who is currently in England playing county cricket with Glamorgan, was also left out, along with Ben McDermott, Ashton Turner and allrounder Daniel Sams.
Green's absence means he now appears to be a long shot for the T20 World Cup scheduled for India later this year.
But it also means he gets a long lead-up of Sheffield Shield clashes to prepare for a blockbuster home Ashes series against England.
Green, who has played 13 T20s and one ODI for Australia, was pragmatic about his omission for the West Indies tour.
"I got told I was in the original expanded squad and (then) got told I just missed out," Green said.
"But looking at all the names on that list, you can see why. They've picked a really strong squad that has performed well over the past year.
"Unfortunately I didn't make it, but it's an awesome squad and I'm sure they'll do really well over there."
Green has a long history of back stress fractures and went through a lengthy rehabilitation period in order to get his body strong enough to play the entire four-Test series against India last summer.
The soon-to-be 22-year-old will use the coming months to build up further strength and fitness.
"This might be my first year as a professional cricketer I've gotten to this part of the year uninjured," Green said.
"It's a nice little stepping stone going into the year to be fully fit and hit the ground running from day one.
"I'm looking forward to a good preseason over here."
International cricket will return to Perth this summer with the fifth Ashes Test to be held at Optus Stadium from January 14-18.
An ODI fixture will be held at Optus Stadium on January 30, but it's the Ashes that excites Green the most.
"For all kids growing up watching cricket this is the pinnacle," Green said.
"I've got a lot of fond memories growing up watching it. Going back to Ashton Agar scoring 98, I remember everyone was talking about it for months after."