Fiery quick Kane Richardson is well aware he can't afford to waste his chances after being selected in Australia's one-day international squad to face India.
The 24-year-old South Australian has played eight ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals but struggled to hold his spot, last representing his country in November 2014.
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Richardson's prospects of a recall dwindled when he was overlooked for Australia A's winter tour of India last year, an event he says strengthened his resolve.
"Missing out on the Australia A tour was probably a bit of a kick in the backside," the Adelaide Strikers quick said on Monday.
"It made me work a little harder here, knowing I was falling out of favour I guess.
"Being 24, I didn't think my time had passed. That's just the way it goes sometimes and it'll be the same this time. If I don't perform then someone else will overtake me."
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The tall seamer will take leave from his KFC Big Bash League duties with the Strikers after they face the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday.
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His national recall follows a standout performance for the Redbacks in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, where he led the attack and specialised in bowling at the death.
"I think I just took a lot of confidence out of doing well there," he said.
"That's probably why I got picked I guess. I'll be trying to remember what I did well there and take that moving forward."
Richardson was one of three quicks named for the first three games of the five-match Victoria Bitter ODI Series, alongside prospective debutants Scott Boland and Joel Paris.
The series starts at the WACA Ground on January 12.