Usman Khawaja gave Australia a major fitness boost as the left-handed batsman is confident about getting ready for the first Test against India starting next month.
Khawaja, who went underwent surgery on October 23 to repair his knee, is aiming an early return that'll see him play one Sheffield Shield game before the Adelaide Test against India that starts on December 6.
Khawaja smashed a match saving innings against Pakistan in the first Test at Dubai but has been out of action since the second Test of that series.
His stability at the top of the order has been sorely missed as Australia have been hurt badly by the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner.
"My recovery is going really well so far. I'm trying to keep it cool, but it's actually going really well.
"I feel like I'm a little bit ahead of where I should be," added the 31-year-old.
"If I keep doing the little things right -- looking after my body, being disciplined -- hopefully that'll transition to me coming back in time."