Ateeq Javid had long been viewed as the next top player from the Warwickshire conveyor belt that had produced Ian Bell and Chris Woakes and has now secured a regular first team place in the Bears team.
A standout player at every stage in the youth teams from the age of 10, Ateeq represented England U19 and made his first-class debut in 2009 aged just 17.
Despite a debut at such a young age it was 2013 that proved to be something of a breakthrough season. Ateeq played 11 Championship games, averaged just over 44 and scored a maiden first-class century against Somerset.
With Jonathan Trott returning and Sam Hain breaking through, he was unable to retain a regular place in the championship side in 2014 and was obliged to settle for a role in the limited-overs formats where he is proving a huge asset. While he has struggled for opportunities with the bat, he made some telling contributions with his intelligent off-spin - he dismissed Kevin Pietersen with his first delivery in the semi-final as Birmingham won the NatWest T20 Blast - and signed a new three-year deal at the end of the season to underline his place in the club's plans in all formats.