An incredible 12 months for the Australian middle order batsman with series’ victories over England and South Africa, a Test average over 40, plus a Sheffield Shield title as captain for the first time.
When Steve returned from the Ashes in England in 2013, he had finally made his breakthrough century at The Oval, but was still looking to establish himself in the Australian middle order. He did this in style over the next two series, taking two centuries off England in the 5-0 Ashes thrashing, followed by another in the series win over the Proteas.
Leading into the Ashes, he had played a leading role for the NSW Blues in the Ryobi Cup, averaging over 50 with the bat and leading the side with conviction and innovation. He continued this emphatic stretch by taking the reins of the Sheffield Shield team and led them to the title, scoring a defiant second innings century to put the icing on the Blues victory.