Darren Gough could finish his England career in next year's World Cup after being recalled to the 15-man squad for the one-day series against Pakistan.
The 35-year-old Essex seamer, who has not featured for a year, should add to his record tally of 157 one-day international appearances.
The England selectors, humbled earlier this season by Sri Lanka's 5-0 series whitewash and a comfortable Twenty20 victory, have chosen Gough and Jon Lewis, of Gloucestershire, to add the experience while uncapped pair Stuart Broad and Michael Yardy offer promise for the future.
Former Yorkshire stalwart Gough, selected despite a shin splint problem, fell out of favour when he elected to miss the one-day series in Pakistan and India last winter - during which time he won the BBC Celebrity Come Dancing competition.
He said: "I'm delighted to get another opportunity with England - I've worked hard all year and this call-up is my reward. I'm relishing the prospect of coming up against Pakistan as they have some of the best one-day batsmen in the world. It's going to be a challenge but I'm looking forward to it immensely."
Chairman of selectors David Graveney is equally excited about the prospect of Gough passing on his knowledge to young talents such as 20-year-old Leicestershire seamer Broad, the son of former England opener Chris.
"During our hammering against Sri Lanka, we probably lacked a bit of experience so the likes of Darren Gough and Jon Lewis will help the likes of Stuart Broad," said Graveney.
"It's quite an interesting mix. They are two opposite ends of the spectrum, young and old and it will be exciting to see."
Broad, 6ft 7in and rated as one of the most exciting prospects in several years, knows that a place on the Ashes tour is up for grabs.
He has his father to turn to for guidance, but Broad also intends to pick Gough's brain when the squad meet up on Sunday in Bristol to prepare for Monday's Twenty20 international.
"Playing alongside Goughie will be a great experience," said Broad. "He has been performing at the top all his career and it will be great to talk to him.
"Every young kid dreams of playing for their country and having a father who achieved that ambition certainly made me dream of it more than most. It's astonishing how far I have come in the last 18 months, but I am confident that I can now make the step up to international level."
Sussex all-rounder Yardy, who has developed his left-arm spin, will challenge Middlesex's Jamie Dalrymple, one of the few successes against Sri Lanka.
Warwickshire's Alex Loudon and Worcestershire duo Vikram Solanki and Kabir Ali, as well as Geraint Jones are dropped while Glen Chapple and Tim Bresnan have been overlooked because of injury.
Middlesex batsman Ed Joyce also returns after suffering an ankle injury in England's Twenty20 defeat to Sri Lanka in June, while Surrey all-rounder Rikki Clarke is chosen for the first time in two years.