Having moved to England in pursuit of cricketing excellence, Irish batsman Joyce was awarded the Denis Compton award, which is given to the most promising young player from each first-class county, at Middlesex in 2000.
He recorded his maiden first-class century the following year and went from strength to strength thereafter, culminating in him taking over the county’s captaincy for the end of the 2004 season.
While impressing on the English domestic circuit, Joyce was also starring for Ireland; he scored 399 runs in the 2005 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy.
That coincided with the left-hander’s finest effort in the County Championship as, that season, he struck 1,668 runs - more than any other player managed.
His great form could not have come at a better time, with Joyce having just completed his English residency qualification.
The Middlesex man was named in a 25-man development squad in May 2006 and made his full England one-day international debut in June against Ireland, the side he had been playing for only the previous year.
More international honours followed that summer and, despite not featuring in the next Champions Trophy, Joyce was an important member of England’s Commonwealth Bank Series-winning side following their ill-fated Ashes campaign in 2006/07.
He made an ODI-best 107 against Australia during the group phase - an innings that ensured him a place at the top of the order for the subsequent World Cup.
But Joyce would never regain his England place after failing to make an impression in the Caribbean and, in 2011, he began playing for Ireland once again.
In between that, the Irishman captained Middlesex to Twenty20 Cup glory in 2008 when standing in for Ed Smith, before moving to Sussex the following year.
He helped the county gain promotion back into Division One of the LV= County Championship in 2010, before enjoying a return to his best form the following year; he hit 1269 championship runs and a further 562 in the Clydesdale Bank 40.