He grew up supporting England and idolising Kevin Pietersen, but Josh Inglis insists he's ready to debut for Australia in the first Ashes Test.
Inglis remains the marginal outsider behind Alex Carey to claim Tim Paine's gloves at the Gabba next Wednesday, but does have the support of several key former Australian players.
Included in that list is Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne, with the former a close confidant of Australia coach Justin Langer.
Inglis himself is aware it would be the most unusual of debuts.
Born in Leeds and a product of the Yorkshire system, his first memories of the Ashes centre around hapless nights watching Matt Hayden plunder runs in the 2002-03 series.
He vividly remembers Pietersen and current quick James Anderson reclaiming the urn in 2005, and still supported England when he arrived in Australia at age 14.
Inglis also has his old English accent back, admitting the "twang" had returned to his voice in a County stint earlier this year.
"It would obviously be very interesting (debuting against England). It doesn't happen very often," Inglis said.
"As a kid obviously growing up in England, I supported England.
"But (my family) would obviously still be really proud and happy for me if it were to happen. It's incredibly exciting.
"If given the opportunity, I'm feeling really confident."
Inglis does have every reason to feel ready to wear a Baggy Green.
He averaged 73.12 last season in the Sheffield Shield, coming from the clouds to be picked in Australia's Twenty20 World Cup squad.
It means he has played just one red-ball match since July, but has at least spent the past two months training with Australia's core group.
"Just feeling comfortable around the group and just feeling like you're part of it is huge," Inglis said.
"Last season was obviously a stand-out season for myself.
"It's quite crazy to think how far I've come in in a short space of time, but it's really exciting for myself.
"I'm feeling really confident about a game at the moment, so given the opportunity, I feel like I'd do a good job."
Inglis' comments came as Warne again backed him for the role on Monday, having previously coached him in the Hundred at London Spirit.
"He's unbelievable. He's just as good as anyone behind the stumps with the gloves," Warne said.
"He's a 360-degree player with a bat. And he's 26. So I just think Josh Inglis is ready.
"He's a terrific batsman, he could probably get into the side just as a batsman.
"So could Carey, so I think there's not much between them as batsman so who's the better gloveman.
"And to me, Alex Carey's improved, he's a good glove man, but I think Inglis has got just a bit extra silky smooth gloves."
Meanwhile Carey's South Australia coach Jason Gillespie compared his rise to Adam Gilchrist's in his pitch for him.
"He's got international experience, he's got experience around the world, he's captained Australia," Gillespie told SEN.
"He's performed very strongly in other formats of the game and he's been in and around that Australian set up for a while now."
Australian Associated Press