Having long broken records for fun in the longer format of the game, Hainy has really come to the fore in white-ball cricket in the last two seasons. He is at the heart of the Bears batting plans in the shorter formats and, in March, made a sensational start to his England Lions career with a brilliant white-ball century on debut against West Indies A in Antigua.
He seems to enjoy facing West Indies - he first unveiled his precocious talent at senior level for the Bears during the 2016 pre-season trip to Dubai when he blasted 85 from 57 balls against the then world champions!
Brought up in Australia but England-qualified, Hainy has a phenomenal appetite for batting and run-scoring. In T20, he also has an innate ability to judge a match situation and pace an innings with a nous which belies a batsman still in his early twenties.
There is a lot more to come from Sam who will start the 2018 Blast season with a career T20 batting average of 33.18 - anyone who averages above 30 in this format is a serious player.