Melbourne Stars captain David Hussey thinks Australia's Twenty20 International team should join the Big Bash League (BBL) in a bid to help improve their ranking.
Australia are sixth in the ICC T20I Rankings, a position which veteran Hussey feels cannot be complained about despite heading up both the Test and one-day international leaderboards.
Many of the country's leading performers miss the BBL, which takes place between December and January, due to international assignments.
However, the 38-year-old, who featured in 36 T20I innings for Australia and hit 756 runs, thinks that participating in the eight-team competition would be beneficial to the national game.
"I think it [the ranking] is [deserved], probably because we don't play enough," Hussey said on SEN Radio.
"This is a bit rogue but I would like to see the Aussie T20 team play in the Big Bash League and see how they go with their skills in that aspect of the game.
"They've barely played any games of T20 in the Big Bash so wouldn't it be great to see Dave Warner, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and James Faulkner play the whole season for their country playing against their original franchises - I think that would be fantastic."
Australia play South Africa in the decider of their three-game T20I series in Cape Town on Wednesday ahead of their World Twenty20 campaign in India.