Baby faced assassin
After arriving on the international scene - in the Test, 50-over and Twenty20 formats - as a precociously talented leg-spinning all-rounder, Steven Smith has focused his attention on batting as he enters the twilight of his early 20s.
That decision would appear vindicated on the strength of recent Test outings.
Indeed, a case can be mounted that Smith’s value to Australian cricket may be measured in his ability to counter spin than to provide it.
It was his nerveless ability to deal with the turning ball that carried him within a couple of well-timed strikes of a maiden Test century in Mohali in 2013.
He again came close in Manchester during Australia’s Ashes campaign later in that year before reaching an assured and accomplished ton in the final Test of that series at The Oval.
While it was the audacity of his strokeplay that initially captured attention, Smith is rapidly evolving into a mature middle-order batsman whose sublime fielding skills now add as much all-round value to the team as his very occasional leggies.