Cameron White has arrived at the County Ground hoping success with the Steelbacks can help him grab the attention of Australia’s selectors.
The all-rounder is Northamptonshire’s second overseas player for the Twenty20 - along with Chaminda Vaas - and joins the club after a good spell in the Indian Premier League.
Now he is keen to continue his recent fine form in a Steelbacks shirt and force those in his homeland to take note of him once again after a bad run saw him slip off the international radar.
“I wasn’t in good form so people were entitled to criticise me,” White said. “But as a cricketer I try not to get caught up in those things.
“Sometimes you have to cop it on the chin and just fight back which is what I’ve tried to do starting in India.
“In Twenty20 cricket you can be in good form and hit your first ball to a fielder and you don’t have time to build an innings.
“You have to score at 10 runs an over and take calculated risks which don’t always come off.
“That’s the nature of Twenty20 cricket but then there are other times when, as a batsman, you just get on a roll and score runs very quickly so people probably read too much into form.”
“I needed a change of scene so it was great to play in the IPL and get back to scoring some runs.
“I want to help Northants win the Twenty20 competition by playing my role for the team.
“I did well in the IPL but my job isn’t done yet. I want to push on and have a good county season for the Steelbacks and then do well for Victoria in the winter.
“If I can do that, then hopefully the Australian selectors will have another look at me in all three forms of the game.”
Northamptonshire get the Friends Life t20 campaign underway on Thursday when they play host to the Welsh Dragons - the one-day name of Glamorgan.