If his start is anything to go by, then Jordan Silk is set for a prosperous career in Australian cricket.
After leaving Sydney Grade cricket as the youngest player to score a century, Silk linked up with the Tigers in 2012 as part of their Futures squad.
A spate of impressive knocks saw him come into the state side for their Ryobi Cup clash with the Warriors, but the young opener struggled in his first outing.
With just one limited-overs match under his belt, Silk was drafted into the Australian Test squad as a substitute fielder against Sri Lanka.
Playing in his familiar Hobart surroundings, Silk immediately found himself in the thick of things, holding onto a catch off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. Few players can say they have taken a catch in a Test match without having played first-class cricket.
With his international commitments over, Silk returned to the one-day side, where he hit 54 and 66 against the Blues and the Warriors.
His solid start at the top of the order delighted selectors, who would have been impressed by his temperament and technique.
A call-up to the Sheffield Shield side was inevitable, and in February 2013, Silk was handed his first Cap against the Bulls. He looked at ease in both innings, making 25 and 34.
In just his second match, Silk powered Tasmania into the final with a century of the highest order. A handy 52 in the first innings confirmed Silk’s ability to grind out a score, but in his side’s quest for quick runs, Silk proved he could also up the ante with a swashbuckling 127. Apart from the hundred, the other highlight would have been sharing a 142 run stand with former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.
In the final, Silk made it back to back centuries with a ton of very different proportions. In a bid to chew up as many overs as possible, Silk took 358 deliveries to reach 108. The innings showed that he was a genuine first-class player, and would be an ideal replacement for teammate Ed Cowan.
Silk recently toured the United Kingdom with the Australia A side, and appears destined for a fruitful career not just on the domestic front, but also for the national side.