The former international Jesse Ryder continues to score runs for the Wellington cricket side, achieving what appears to be the first part of the equation for his return to the national side.
On the first day of their latest Plunket Shield match in Wellington, Ryder is unbeaten on 108, with Wellington 176 for 2 in reply to Central District's first innings of 260.
Ryder has now scored three centuries in three and a half first class matches this season and has also been in devastating form in Twenty20 matches.
The new Black Caps captain Brendan McCullum says he's spoken with Ryder and is hoping to have him back soon.
Ryder has been out of the national side since a few off-field issues including coping with alcohol.
His last test was a year ago, while his last limited overs matches were in February.
Since then he's missed the Twenty20 World Cup and tours to the West Indies, India and Sri Lanka.