He might have started out as Shane Warne’s protégé, but Steve Smith is now very much his own man.
As a youngster, he was called upon to do plenty of bowling, which saw him take nine wickets at an average of 5.33 in the 2008/09 KFC Big Bash.
Nowadays, Smith is the man Australia calls upon to play spin. His call-up to the squad to tour India was based on his ability to negotiate the turning ball.
It had been a long time between drinks for Smith, who had posted half-centuries in 2010/11 against Pakistan and England.
He made the most of his return, hitting 92 in Mohali, before being stumped just short of his ton.
Smith’s initial Test selection came on the back of four First-class centuries in 2009/10, and plenty of wickets for the NSW Blues.
The 24 year old was also a big part of the Sydney Sixers’ triumphant 2011/12 campaign, scoring 166 runs and taking six wickets.
His composure in the middle-overs tempered the big hitting of Moises Henriques during the CLT20, with the pair regularly producing match winning efforts with the bat.
Smith continued his stellar form in the Ryobi Cup, including a career best 99* against the Bushrangers at North Sydney Oval.
An excellent Ashes tour has cemented a spot in the Australian middle order. The crowning glory of this was a brilliant maiden Test century at The Oval, where his unbeaten 138 was full of the shot-making he is capable of.
His running between the wickets is just about the best in the world, while his fielding is second to none.