Alex Doolan’s meteoric rise over the past 12 months has firmed his chances of one day donning the Baggy Green.
The 27 year old Tasmanian always looks poised at the crease, with his calmness translating into success on the field.
While he failed to make an impact in limited-overs cricket, Doolan’s stocks are certainly rising in the first-class scene.
His 44 game career has produced 2,774 runs so far at an average of around 40. And one gets the feeling that in a year or two, that number might be closer to 50.
Doolan famously set up an historic run chase in 2011, when he and Nick Kruger combined to reel in a fourth innings total of 373. The win – against the last placed Redbacks – secured them a spot in the Shield final.
Another huge century against South Australia helped kick start his 2012 campaign, with Doolan adding a half-century against Victoria to his already hefty mountain of runs.
However, the innings that has really excited the cricketing public was his unbeaten 161 for Australia A against the touring South Africans.
Entering the match with a 2012 average of 122.75, Doolan was actually one of the lesser known players to grace the SCG. People might not have been talking about him before the game, but the car trip home would have been filled with plenty of Alex Doolan related banter.
Against the likes of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, Doolan proved that he can handle the best the world has to offer.
Doolan has been travelling the British Isles in recent weeks with the Australia A side for matches with Ireland and Scotland.
Another impressive Shield season could be enough for Doolan, as Australia remains on the hunt for a specialist batsman to sure up the top-order.