Callum Ferguson can count himself unlucky for the limited opportunities he has had in the Australian side.
Injuries at crucial periods of his career have cost the prodigiously talented player a spot in the fiercely contested Australian top-order.
Ferguson has been Mr Consistent for the Redbacks since making his debut in 2004.
As a 19 year old, he topped the run scoring charts with 744 in an age defying summer of cricket.
After being bundled out for 29 in the first innings, Ferguson showcased his maturity with a fighting 103 against the Blues at the SCG.
The 2008/09 season was the kick-start Ferguson needed.
He once again dominated the Pura Cup competition with 644 runs, while he upped the ante in the Ford Ranger Cup, where he scored over 400 runs for the Redbacks.
With form and age on his side, Ferguson was selected in the Australian squad to take on New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee series.
After limited opportunities in his first three internationals, Ferguson came to the fore in his fourth game, scoring an invaluable half-century in a rain affected game.
The South Australian star looked at home in the green and gold. He produced five polished fifties, including a career best 71 against England.
However, in the final of the Champions Trophy, Ferguson went down with a knee injury that subsequently ruled him out for the next twelve months.
It was a tough break for Ferguson, with many pundits believing he was on the cusp of Test selection. Ferguson did return to the national side for the 2011 tour of Bangladesh, but hasn’t been picked since.
More recently, Ferguson has returned to his best for the Redbacks. He plundered 639 runs in the Sheffield Shield, including a career best 164 against the Queensland Bulls.
He also amassed 271 runs in the Ryobi Cup, including back to back knocks of 110 and 78 against the Bushrangers and the Blues.
Ferguson was a key member of the Adelaide Strikers’ BBL squad in 2012/13.
He virtually doubled his run scoring tally from the first season, while he also lifted his strike rate from 103 to 113.
Ferguson has shown his ability to handle any situation.
Whether he has to build an innings, save an innings or finish an innings, the South Australian has proven time and time again that he is the man for the job.
Ferguson’s selection as cover for injured skipper Michael Clarke on the 2013 VB Tour of India shows just how close the 28-year-old has been to selection.
A good performance on the sub-continent could find see him in the frame for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.