Following a successful campaign for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, Taree's Nick Larkin will return to the longer format of the game for NSW in the Sheffield Shield.
Larkin is expected to open the batting in the Blues' match with Victoria, starting today at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
From nine innings, Larkin has scored 280 runs at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 43.34. He has scored 22 boundaries and cleared the rope twice.
NSW has a commanding position at the top of the ladder with five wins and draw for the season.
Coach Phil Jaques expects the side to build on the positive start.
"We're just looking to try and continue from where we were in the first half of the year and keep getting better as a team going forward," Jaques said.
"But we need to keep improving as a side, that's going to be the message for the players when they come back in.
"To keep improving as a team, keep building momentum towards what might be a final, and then make sure we're equipped to win that final."
Larkin was in top form at the pointy end of the Big Bash season. He was the pick of the batsmen in the Stars' qualifying win over Thunder and defeat to the Sixers in the grand final.
Larkin top scored with an unbeaten 83 (from 49 balls) and 38 respectively.