Since breaking into the Glamorgan first XI Michael Powell has earned rave reviews for his solid technique and weight of runs.
His talent did not go unnoticed by the England selectors, who kept a keen eye on his progression.
It seemed only a matter of time before he would receive a call-up to the England squad and it came in 2004 when he was selected for the NatWest Series against New Zealand and West Indies.
Powell was brought in as cover for Marcus Trescothick, having impressed in a warm-up match playing for Wales against England, but Trescothick recovered before he could make his debut.
The dependable right-hander first broke into the Glamorgan first team in 1997, scoring 200 not out against Oxford University to become only the third Englishman to reach that landmark on first-class debut.
In 1998 he scored his maiden County Championship ton against Northamptonshire before wracking up 164 against Notts.
He finished top run scorer for Glamorgan in 2002, which firmly put him on the map as a future England prospect, with his resulting call-up to the national team just reward.
He remained in the thoughts of the England selectors and was named in the 14-man England A squad to tour the UAE and Sri Lanka in 2005.
Powell scored 42 in the second ODI against UAE as England A secured a 4-0 series whitewash. He then struck a well-crafted 54 during the first Test against Sri Lanka A to help his side register a comfortable 197-run opening victory.
He hit form again in 2006, recording back-to-back double centuries in July. Powell scored 202 against Essex before making a career-best 299 against Gloucestershire.
Powell’s appearances in 2007 were limited when surgery to remove a rib became potentially life-threatening through complications. He recovered, however, and had the rib buried at Cardiff.
In 2008 he weighed in with 672 first class runs at an average of 32.