Shauna Kavanagh is keener than most to make up for lost time as Ireland prepare to take on Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
The 29 year-old missed out on Ireland's European T20 Qualifiers due to covid, but is back and raring to go in the four-match ODI series.
It's over three years since Ireland last played an ODI back in June 2018, but they will play four games in a week, and that spells good news for Kavanagh.
The Pembroke batsman/keeper has won 90 caps, and it will be a race between her and Eimear Richardson to see who becomes the seventh player to reach the 100 caps landmark, with World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka scheduled before the end of the year.
While Kavanagh's average of just over 13 isn't great, her three half centuries have all come against Zimbabwe, including her highest score of 79 not out, so that augurs well ahead of the series.
"Zimbabwe is a great place to play cricket and the welcome has been brilliant," said Kavanagh. "Personally, I have positive memories of playing cricket here in Zimbabwe, and that will certainly give me confidence heading into this series.
"A few players in the squad have been here before so know what to expect, but for most, it’s a new experience. We have been training at Harare Sports Club, which is where we will play all four games, and the facilities are great. We have had access to everything we need to make sure we’re as well prepared as we can be.
"It was very tough missing out on the T20 World Cup Europe qualifiers in La Manga at the end of August, so I am really excited to be playing cricket again - and hopefully spending lots of time in the middle. Conditions have been great, and they look good wickets that we’ll be playing on. It’s warm - around 25-30 degrees – but that’s a nice temperature to be playing cricket in.
"Everyone in the squad has recovered from the travel here and are fit and ready to go, which is brilliant as it means we have all 15 players to select from. Every one of us knows that this series is an opportunity to put their hand up and contend for a spot in the World Cup qualifying squad next month."
Ireland's first game starts on Tuesday at 08.30am (UK/Ireland). The three remaining matches are on October 7th, 9th, and 11th.