Australian captain Tim Paine is still daring to dream of a Test match at Bellerive Oval this summer.
Paine's side is set to play home Tests against India and Afghanistan, however, Cricket Australia will likely need to be flexible with venues in light of Victoria and even New South Wales' ongoing battles with coronavirus.
The apparent opening for other states led Cricket Tasmania boss Dominic Baker to proffer Bellerive Oval as a potential Test venue last week - an invitation which thudded nicely into the gloves of Paine and fellow Tasmanian Test keeper Matthew Wade.
"Wadey and I had a chat about it at training - the rumour we heard was that the Afghanistan Test, if it does go ahead, could be here or in Perth so for two Tassie boys that's exciting," Paine said.
"When you look back two or three months ago it looked like we probably wouldn't get the chance to play a Test match in front of our home fans and family, so hopefully the grounds are opened up by that stage and there are fans here, but even if there's not it'd be awesome to bring the Australian Test team down here.
"It's always a huge honour to lead that team out, but to do it in Tasmania would be really special."
Set to turn 36 in December, Paine's cricket career looked done and dusted in 2017 before a shock recall led to the keeper being named Test captain following the South Africa "sandpaper-gate" incident.
He has since captained his country in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and even Canberra.
"There's no doubt it's on the bucket list and it would be something I'd love to do, but again, I only have to go back two years and I didn't think I'd be in the situation I'm in.
"So I'm very lucky, I certainly can't complain about how the back end of my career has panned out.
"It would be a little sad not to do it at Bellerive, but fingers crossed Afghanistan come down here and I'd love nothing more than to lead Australia out on this ground."
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Meanwhile, former Test quick Peter Siddle appears to have settled nicely into Tasmanian life after signing for the Tigers in May.
Paine said the 35-year-old Victorian had already made his state football debut and begun compiling a list of Hobart's best coffees.
"Sidds has settled in beautifully, he's great," Paine said.
"He's terrific around the group, he's going to be a huge bonus and a huge asset for Tasmanian cricket.
"He got his first taste of old scholars footy on the weekend which he was pretty happy with - it was a little bit cold for him, but it was a great chance to get our squad together and for those guys to spend a little bit of time around Sidds away from the cricket ground."