After being rested during Australia's 5-0 ODI series loss to South Africa, paceman Josh Hazlewood believes the decision to give him a break was the right one.
Australia will host the Proteas in a three-Test series down under at the beginning of November, and with that series preceding another Test series against Pakistan, Hazlewood was grateful for break which he says has freshened him up.
"Sri Lanka was a long tour physically and mentally," said Hazlewood.
"And with a lot of cricket coming up I think the rest was valid."
Along with those six Test matches, the Aussies will play 11 ODI's three T20 internationals and a further four Tests before the end of March 2017, in what is shaping up to be a busy and eventful summer of cricket for the national team.
It didn't get underway in the greatest fashion following the ODI series whitewash to South Africa, but Hazlewood is confident the loss with give he and his teammtes added motivation to impress in the coming matches.
"It gives us a lot of motivation," Hazlewood said.
"There's a lot of change to the teams from Test cricket to one-day cricket.
"There will be a few guys there carrying what happened but there will be a lot of fresh faces."