As another Indian Premier League payday looms, Glenn Maxwell says he hasn't given up on his dream to once again don the baggy green.
The big-hitting Victorian is in the Australian camp in Christchurch, a week out from the opening T20 match of a five-game series with New Zealand.
Maxwell's name is in the hat for Thursday night's IPL auction - like many national teammates - and has been linked to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The RCB side is coached by Simon Katich and features AB de Villiers and India Test captain Virat Kohli.
Maxwell said it would be "awesome" to end up at the Karnataka outfit but wasn't counting his chickens.
"It's a bit of a lottery on auction day ... it'll be a nervous day for a few guys," he said.
"AB is one of my idols ... it'd be awesome to work with him.
"And I get along with (Virat) pretty well. I feel like we'd work well together and I'd certainly enjoy batting with him."
Maxwell was one of the IPL's first million-dollar men, signing for Mumbai Indians for US$1million in 2013.
"That auction was on a game day ... and I completely forgot about it. That's 100 per cent honest," he said.
"It was against the West Indies, I got a first-ball duck and walked off filthy."
When then-coach Mickey Arthur pulled him aside for a chat, Maxwell thought he was about to get a dressing down - but instead he was told of his mammoth payday.
"He said 'you went for a million'. I said an expletive and walked off. I had no idea how to react. Blokes were laughing in the background.
"That was life-changing. A life-changing amount of money for me ... and it's been awesome for my cricket."
Since then, Maxwell has become synonymous with short-form cricket - playing 183 times for Australia in coloured strips - but just seven times for the Test side.
Without a first class outing since 2019, Maxwell said he was open for selection for the Bushrangers after the tour in New Zealand.
"I'm certainly keen to still play red ball cricket and push my case forward to still play Test cricket," he said.
"I'm still very much in the prime of my career. I'm only 32 and there's still a fair bit in me.
"I'm not done and dusted there."