Aaron Finch is five weeks ahead of schedule in his comeback from hamstring surgery and hopes to return on June 14.
Finch went under the knife on April 21, having snapped a tendon in his left leg a week earlier while playing for Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai.
The original expectation was the hard-hitting opener would be sidelined for 12 weeks and miss the majority of England’s domestic Twenty20 competition.
But Australia’s T20 captain is progressing remarkably well after the first injury of his cricket career.
“I’m looking to go over and play on June 14 with Yorkshire and that’d be about five weeks ahead of schedule,” Finch told AAP.
“It’s been pretty boring and frustrating at times.
“But you know what’s required and when you’re committed to a timeframe of 12 weeks and it gets shorter, well it makes it a bit easier to stick to it.
“I don’t have a history of leg or muscle injuries, so I think that’s helped because we don’t need to be overly cautious.”
If fully fit, Finch would be preparing for the IPL final on Monday morning (AEST) when his side faces either Chennai or Bangalore.
Instead the 28-year-old has had plenty of time to mull over the upcoming county stint, when his compatriots will be contesting the Ashes and Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie could well be mentoring England.
Selfishly, Finch hopes Gillespie remains at his county.
“I’d love for him to stay at Yorkshire, he was great for my game last year,” he said.
“Technically and mentally, he just gave me a lot of freedom and a lot of belief in my game.”
But he’s also keen to see Gillespie duly rewarded.
“I really hope he does get an international job, whether it’s England now or another team down the track,” Finch said.
“He’ll make a great England coach if he’s chosen and accepts the job.”
No matter who is in charge at Yorkshire, Finch is excited about the prospect of consistent first-class cricket after a marathon summer of limited-overs action.
“It’s been a long time since I played a lot of red-ball cricket and that’s part of my game I want to work on,” he said.
“I want to play Test cricket down the track and there’s no better place to start that journey than there.
“Sometimes there’s not much time to train because of the schedule. I think that can be a good thing – if you’re in form or not.”