Allrounder Mitch Marsh is desperate to become a Test and one-day regular for Australia again, but he knows he needs to prove his worth for his home state first.
Marsh started last summer as Test vice-captain and with the world at his feet, but ended up losing his spot in the Australian set-up in all three formats.
The 27-year-old embarked on an intense fitness program during the off-season, and it paid dividends when he earned selection for the fifth and final Ashes Test in September.
Marsh snared career-best figures of 5-46 in the first innings at The Oval, and a strong start for Western Australia this Sheffield Shield season will leave him well placed to hold onto his Test spot this summer.
WA's Shield campaign gets underway on Thursday when they host Tasmania at the WACA Ground, and Marsh will attempt to put higher honours in the back of his mind for now.
"For me, my lessons from last summer is just to focus on playing for WA," Marsh said.
"I've got a responsibility as captain to lead the best I can and make sure we're winning games of cricket.
"I know if I do that, then the rest takes care of itself. Hopefully I can play some good cricket along the way."
Marsh has been overlooked for this summer's T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The snub didn't come as a surprise to Marsh, but he is desperate to win back his spot in time for next year's T20 World Cup in Australia.
"It's a World Cup at home next year - you always want to be part of that," Marsh said.
"With the amount of T20 cricket that Australia will play over the next 12 months and the amount of T20 comps around the world now - there will be plenty of opportunity for me to prove my case for that."
Test captain Tim Paine will make his return from a finger injury when he lines up for Tasmania.
Matthew Wade has also been named as part of the 13-man squad.
WA squad: Mitchell Marsh (capt), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Hilton Cartwright, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Matt Kelly, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Whiteman
Tasmania squad: Matthew Wade (capt), George Bailey, Jackson Bird, Alex Doolan, Jake Doran, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Lawrence Neil-Smith, Tim Paine, Alex Pyecroft, Sam Rainbird, Jordan Silk.