Nottinghamshire are set to play a waiting game with David Hussey before making a commitment on an overseas signing for the 2012 season.
The Australian recently claimed he would be playing at the county from June onwards during a Twitter conversation with Trent Bridge team-mate Stuart Broad.
But, despite saying he would be glad to have him back, Notts director of cricket Mick Newell has cautioned that the 34-year-old’s international commitments may yet prove to be a barrier.
He said: “We know Australia have a lot of cricket in our summer – there are the one-dayers against England and then there’s the World Twenty20.
“David needs to be aware of where he’s at internationally. Is his international career nearly at an end or are Australia likely to pick him?
“If they are going to pick him then that’s going to restrict him for us, so we’re waiting to see what their first one-day squads of the new era will be like.
“Once we have an idea of who is in those squads we will have a better idea of what he can offer us. If they don’t want him, we certainly will.”
Hussey, who first appeared for Notts in 2004, has scored 5,834 first-class runs at an average of 64.82 for the county, and hit 357 at 39.66 during ten Friends Life t20 matches last season.
His last ODI appearance for Australia came against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August 2011, when he made a quick-fire 46 from 49 balls.
Despite being included in his country’s Twenty20 international fixtures against South Africa in October, he did not feature in the one-day series that followed.
But since then he has been in fine form for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, alongside fellow Notts Aussie Adam Voges.
Australia’s next limited-overs fixtures take place in February when they take on India in two Twenty20 matches, before they’re joined by Sri Lanka for a triangular ODI tournament. New coach Mickey Arthur is expected to name his squads for both tournaments towards the end of January.