In a whirlwind start to his professional cricketing career, Sheffield’s Joe Root has certainly not hung about.
It is three years and nine months since he made his List A debut for Yorkshire, as a fresh-faced 18-year-old against Essex at Headingley.
That day, after hitting a composed 63, he caught the eye after a impressive catch to dismiss Alastair Cook.
Fast forward to the present day and Root, still fresh faced but now aged 22, is now Cook’s opening partner for England, and is an integral part of an Ashes series against Australia.
The second Test gets underway today at Lord’s, meaning Root will - at some stage - fulfil a childhood dream and open the batting for his country at the home of cricket.
“It is something I have always dreamed of,” Root admitted.
“It gives you goose bumps just thinking about it, and I’m really excited about the next few days.”
Root’s first taste of Ashes cricket came at Trent Bridge, as England narrowly prevailed by 14 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series, and he said: “It was incredible.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking at times, it ebbed and flowed throughout, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series now... It was a great way to set it up.”