He became the first player since Ravi Bopara in 2008 to score 1,000 runs in the County Championship season for Essex, when his 151* against Leicestershire in 2015 took him past the landmark.
He once again made 1,000 runs at a healthy average of 47, boosted by a career-best 255 against Derbyshire, one of two doubles he made against them that promotion season. Indeed, double centuries became something of a speciality – he made it three doubles in a row the following summer, this time against Middlesex at Chelmsford, joining Alastair Cook in an Essex record opening stand of 373.
The left-hander was integral part of the County Championship success in 2017, scoring over 1000 first-class runs again for the Club. He will hope his continued form in 2018 will lead him to the International recognition that is arguably deserved.