Rob Quiney can say that he was the first Australian player to play a Test match with a last name starting with “Q” when he made his debut against South Africa at the Gabba.
Following an injury to Shane Watson, and the indifferent form of fellow batting candidates, Quiney earned the call-up for the eagerly awaited three Test series.
After making nine in his first at bat, Quiney backed it up with a disappointing pair at the WACA. Remarkably, in just two Tests, he held five catches.
A stack of runs at State level has worked in the left hander’s favour. Since debuting for Victoria in 2007, Quiney has steadily improved, culminating with the Domestic Player of the Year Award for the 2011/2012 season.
His 938 runs at an average of 49.36 in the Bupa Sheffield Shield were backed up with a further 310 runs in the Ryobi Cup.
Importantly for Quiney, he has started to hit his straps at the business end of his career. The Victorian took full advantage of his call up to the Australia A squad, making a clinical 85 against the most feared bowling attack in the world.
He looked at ease against the potent South African squad, which was a major factor for the Australian selectors.
Now that he has made his Test debut, Quiney will be hoping selectors consider him in the shorter forms of the game, where he has enjoyed a great deal of success for the Bushrangers, as well as the Melbourne Stars in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.
In arguably his best knock of the 2012/13 season, Quiney blazed a spectacular 119 against the Bulls at the Gabba off just 111 deliveries. His 226 runs stand with Aaron Finch was another highlight.
Quiney is currently over in England playing for Essex. After finishing the Sheffield Shield season with 60 and 55 against Tasmania, Quiney opened the County competition with a sparkling second innings ton against an MCC XI.
With half-centuries in both limited-overs fixtures, the former Test batsman looks in ominous form just months out from the Australian summer.