Champion Australian cricketer Mike Hussey says he is ready to rejoin the Western Warriors Sheffield Shield line-up as early as this season.
Despite being the captain of the Sydney Thunder, who will play against the Perth Scorchers in their KFC Big Bash clash at the WACA Ground on Friday night, Hussey says he still feels very much a part of WA cricket.
The 38-year-old said it is up to Warriors coach Justin Langer now to make it happen.
"Well, it's something I have been sort of chucking around with JL," Hussey said.
"It's a bit in his court really. I have shown a bit of interest to play some games at the end of the year, but yeah we'll have to wait and see what happens.
"JL spoke to me early on in the summer and just said did I have any interest in playing Shield cricket and I said it was going to be too busy and too hectic before Christmas and obviously while the Big Bash was on.
"But afterwards I am definitely happy to look at it and we basically left it that we'll talk closer to the date and we'll see what happens."
Asked if he could be back in the Warriors line-up as early as their next Sheffield Shield clash, Hussey said, "I'd like to, yeah."
Langer has not hidden his disappointment with losing Hussey to a team on the east coast of the country.
"I was surprised Huss decided to leave West Australian cricket, there's no doubt about that," the WA coach said.
"We're trying to bring the Scorchers and the Warriors as close together as we can so we can get that pride back into playing for Western Australia.
"It's a critical part of our domestic competition that the players love to play for their State or certainly as close to playing for their State as they can.
"Whenever you lose someone like Mike Hussey, of course it's disappointing and we'll never hide that fact.
"But that's business and that's the business we're in.
"I've learned very quickly in this job that you have to divorce personal and professional [relationships]. Huss and I have been friends for a long time and will remain friends forever."
It will be interesting to see how the West Australian sporting public receive Hussey at the WACA Ground Friday night though.
He would not be the first local champion that has been booed on his return to the West in the colours of another team.
Former Perth Wildcat James Harvey and West Coast Eagles Chris Judd are two examples that quickly come to mind. Both received hostile receptions from fans loyal to their teams.
But Hussey said that he will have enough fans, friends and family in the crowd and didn't anticipate too much negative stuff.
"I am a West Australian through and through but I see T20 as something different; it's something new, it's something fresh; it's about trying to promote the whole competition rather than just Perth I guess," he said.
"I think that's the way it's designed. It's a franchise type model. It's designed to have players moving around a lot more and for your franchise.
"Others see it different to me and that's fine.
"State based cricket is state loyalties and all that and you have to look at that as well; there is a lot of movement from players coming from east and west in that competition as well."
The Sydney Thunder is yet to win a game after three outings in the Big Bash League, while Perth has tasted in victory in the same number of games.
Adam Voges returns to the Perth squad after remarkably overcoming a shoulder injury that threatened to end his summer.
Tomorrow's clash starts at 4.40pm, with the Western Fury taking on the NSW Breakers in a curtain-raising WT20 from 12.40pm.
Scorchers 13-man squad: Simon Katich (c), Yasir Arafat, Michael Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Ryan Duffield, Brad Hogg, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Craig Simmons, Alfonso Thomas, Ashton Turner, Adam Voges, Sam Whiteman.
Thunder squad: Mike Hussey (capt), Ryan Carters, Scott Coyte, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Borgas, Eoin Morgan, Dirk Nannes, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Daniel Hughes (one to be omitted, 12th man to be named).