January 21, 2001
Waiting list on international entry
Gets his first international opportunity in the fifth match of the Carlton Series, against Zimbabwe at the MCG
. Is due to bat at No. 5, but with Darren Lehmann and Michael Bevan seeing them through in the chase, his opportunity would arrive another day.
August 16, 2001
Just 15 on debut
Finishes on the losing side in his first Test in Headingley
. Coming in at No. 6, he manages just 15 before being bowled by Darren Gough, the first of his five victims. He plays out six balls in the second innings to finish on 0 not out. Australia declare on 176 for 4, but lose the match by six wickets.
May 18, 2002
The switch works
Leaves his native Western Australia to join New South Wales for the following season and accepts the captaincy. Apart from the massive runs and many a successful season with NSW, he registers his highest first-class score, plundering nearly 200 in a session, along the way.
October 17, 2003
His second opportunity in Tests comes after more than two years, where he proves the unlikely hero with his left-arm spin. Having scored 52 in Australia's first-innings against Zimbabwe at the SCG
, he wrecks the visitors' second innings with a career-best 6 for 65.
January 5, 2004
Sydney setting for maiden Test ton
Scores his first Test century. Hits 17 boundaries during his 166-ball 125 during the drawn Test at the SCG
October 28, 2004
Unlucky in Nagpur
Misses out on his second Test century by a solitary run, falling for 99 in Nagpur against India, in a match Australia win by 342 runs
An Ashes to forget
Has a poor Ashes campaign, scoring 248 runs in nine innings at an average of less than 28. Scores a duck against West Indies at the Gabba later that year, and is dropped from the Test team for the next two-and-a-half years.
February 14, 2006
Glory at the Gabba
His maiden and only ODI century comes in the third final of the VB Series. Against Sri Lanka at the Gabba
, he hits nine boundaries en route to an unbeaten 107 off 142 balls and his opening stand with Adam Gilchrist hands Australia a nine-wicket win.
May 1, 2007
Out of favour
Loses his Cricket Australia contract in the 2007 off-season.
June 15, 2008
Biggest at Barbados
Registers his highest Test score of 157 in his comeback series, against West Indies in Barbados
. His 332-ball stay, including 14 boundaries, sets up an 87-run win for Australia.
November 8, 2008
Making amends in Nagpur
Scores 102 against India at the same city where he had scored 99 four years back, but the result isn't as favourable this time, as Australia lose by 172 runs
February 6, 2009
The Clarke fracas
Confirms that he was involved in a dressing-room altercation with Michael Clarke after the Sydney Test against South Africa. The players had argued over the singing of the team song, Beneath the Southern Cross, and had to be pulled apart by team-mates. Clarke reportedly wanted it to be completed early so he could leave for a family function.
October 23, 2009
Leading into history
Captains New South Wales Blues to the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 title. They beat West Indies domestic champions Trinidad & Tobago by 41 runs in the final in Hyderabad
The curse of the nineties
Scores three nineties - 92, 98, and 99 - in four home Tests towards the end of 2009. Finally breaks that jinx with a century in Hobart against Pakistan
, but can go no further than 100.