Spinner Xavier Doherty knows he will be under pressure to perform at the Cricket World Cup after being selected ahead of Nathan Lyon.
Left-arm tweaker Doherty was given the nod as Australia's sole specialist spinner in a squad of 15 on Sunday.
And the 32-year-old, a reliable performer who has represented his country in 57 one-day internationals, concedes he was far from certain that he would be picked.
Having been backed by the selectors, Doherty is determined to make an impression in the 50-over tournament that starts on February 14.
"I had myself in the team, then out of the team, and gradually the closer it got I wasn't sure at all. So when the phone call came I was pretty excited," Doherty is quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
"I tried to avoid all the talk and the speculation but any time you seem to turn on the TV someone's throwing a name up there and a smokey position and usually for that spinning spot.
"Given there was so much speculation, I probably do feel that expectation to really nail it, and when my opportunity comes to take it."
Doherty does not expect to feature in every match but is confident he can prove his worth.
"I'm under no illusion I probably won't play every game, and there are probably certain pitches where I'll be looked at to come into contention," he added.
"Given the way the team's been picked over the last few years, there's a game in Perth and Brisbane, and given the strength of our fast bowlers that would be the way they [the selectors] would look.
"But I feel if I'm bowling at my best I can make it pretty hard for the selectors as well."
Australia begin their campaign on February 14 with a clash against old rivals England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.