It might be early days, but 21 year old Nic Maddinson is rapidly mounting a case for national selection.
The left-hander enjoyed a prolific career in the under-19 side, scoring a mountain of runs at the top of the order.
After being drafted into the state squad as a rookie, Maddinson became the youngest NSW player at the time to score a First-class ton on debut. Having just turned 18, his 113 against South Australia was superb.
Hailing from Nowra, Maddinson has improved in all forms of the game over the past 12 months. He has become much more aggressive, especially against the white ball, while his back-foot play has also gone to new heights.
His form in the Shield has garnered the most praise. His 154 against Tasmania last season helped the Blues to victory, despite a double-century to Ricky Ponting.
More recently, he has been on tour with the Australia A side. The UK leg of the tour was the highlight, with Maddinson striking 113* against Ireland and a career best 181 against Gloucester.
And while his teammates failed around him, Maddinson held firm in the second unofficial Test against South Africa A, adding 88 out of the side’s miserly 146.
The 21 year old is doing everything possible for a future Test call-up. He will obviously need to back it up with an equally impressive 2013/14, which, on current form, looks more than likely.