Steve Smith, the Ashes-winning Australian skipper has expressed his desire to return to county cricket. Australia's Ashes-winning captain averages more than 150 and has hit 604 runs against the best attack England has to offer so far this winter.
A decade ago Steve Smith had the option to play for Surrey, but that would have hampered his chances of playing for Australia because of his British parentage.
Since then, he has played Twenty20 cricket for Worcestershire on an overseas contract and admits he could well be tempted back at some point, especially by the lure of the County Championship.
"I'd love to play some county cricket at some point in my career as well," said the world's number one batsman.
Recalling his contract offer from Surrey, after one 2nd XI match for Kent in 2007, he said: "I never had ambitions to play for England as such - I always wanted to play for Australia. At 18 years of age, it sounded like quite a fair amount of money to me. (But) I always knew I wanted to come back and play for New South Wales and for Australia and do my best there".
"It was a decision I had to make at the time, and I think I chose the right one."
Smith has been severe on the England bowlers scoring a mountain of runs. His form with the bat has been the major difference between the two sides and the end result of the series.
In the ongoing fifth and final Test match in Sydney too, Smith's Australia's is choking Root's England with the top order dismissed inside the first session of the first day's play.