Told more than four months ago that his position as vice-captain was untenable Shane Watson will now captain Australia in a two-day match against England Lions starting on Friday.
The all-rounder notoriously quit the tour of India, flying out of Mohali immediately in March after being one of four players suspended from the third Test over the so-called 'homework' affair.
He had returned to Sydney for the birth of his first child, which happened only days after he was stood down, but Watson also voiced his displeasure at the time over the decision of team management to ban him for a Test match, saying he would consider his international future.
He was back in India soon after, becoming Australia's 44th Test captain in the fourth Test in Delhi when Michael Clarke broke down with a back injury, but not before already being told that his status as the vice-captain was untenable.
Four months after officially standing down from the job, however, Watson is back in a leadership position for the tour match at Wantage Road, a pointer towards significantly improved relations in the squad under coach Darren Lehmann.
Clarke is sitting out the game, which he had planned to do even before copping a painful blow on the finger during a training on Thursday.
Australian officials said it was not serious, and Clarke continued to take part in the session.
Lehmann, meanwhile, expects Watson to be fit to return to bowling by next week's fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval.
Watson left the ground with a groin strain midway through an over during the fourth Test at Durham on Sunday and while he batted in Australia's second innings, featuring in the collapse that felled the tourists there, he did not bowl again.
Lehmann has not guaranteed the 32-year-old a place in the top six unless he does bowl as well as bat but is confident he will be able to resume all-round duties in London.
"We're expecting him to bowl at the Oval. It's not too bad," Lehmann said.
The two-day match does not have first-class status, and the teams will be restricted to 100 overs per innings.
There are Test places up for grabs, however, with Lehmann admittting they are still some way off settling on a top six, not surprising after the dramatic events of Monday at Durham.
"We're getting there but it's going to take a while," he said. "As I said to the lads the other night we've been in front three out of the four Test matches and let that slip so we've got to get better at actually dominating a game. That's probably our biggest thing.
"A settled line-up happens when you start to have consistent performances. At the moment we haven't had them. That's part and parcel of being a professional cricketer. You've got to perform well to stay in the side, first and foremost, and the settlement comes from there, once you have those consistent performances from a group of 12 to 14 players."
Australia XI: Watson (c), Cowan, Warner, Khawaja, Hughes, Smith, Wade, Faulkner, Agar, Starc, Lyon.