His path has already been plotted; his career trajectory seemingly certain. Joe Root is being groomed for the England captaincy, just as the present incumbent Alastair Cook was assuredly moved into the position.
The latest step in Root's surely inevitable rise to the very top will come next week at Leicester when the 22-year-old leads the England Lions in what will be New Zealand's final warm-up game ahead of the first Test at Lord's, and it could hardly be a more comfortable fit.
As far as indications of future promotions go, this is pretty clear. Root's progression has been swift and steady, but crucially the performances have matched the hype, the results justifying the talk throughout his early career.
The prodigiously-talented Yorkshireman is assured of a place in the England team for the first Test on May 16, and will get another look at the Black Caps bowling attack ahead of the two-match series, but he certainly has a point to prove after a disappointing tour of New Zealand.
The identity of who the selectors believe will follow Cook in leading the national side in the future is abundantly clear, but it will now be a test of Root's ability to perform under growing pressure in home conditions that will determine how smooth the progress is over the coming years.
Anyone who has followed the England team in recent times will know that potential stars and leaders have been cast by the wayside with alarming regularity, but the current set-up under Andy Flower and Ashley Giles does not operate in such fickle fashion and the future planning goes way beyond the next World Cup or winter tour.
Root has been picked out from the batch of young players coming through and he will be duly persevered with despite any blips, or even prolonged absences of form, with his talent having already been recognised and temperament assessed.
Indeed, it is Root's impressive ability to adapt to different situations with composure and ease that has left the selectors so keen to fast-track him into the side ahead of schedule.
For now, Root will be vying for places in the England middle order with the harshly-treated but undoubtedly promising James Taylor, along with Jonny Bairstow, Varun Chopra, Ravi Bopara and Michael Carberry - all of whom will play under him for the Lions.
He may have averaged just 17.60 from three Tests in New Zealand, but England fans need to look more closely at his record to appreciate the true prospect he is - starting with his recent scores of 182 and 236.
Root placed his match-winning 182 for Yorkshire against Durham above his recent double ton and 222 against Hampshire - a determined, interrupted innings between showers to save a game - as he proved yet again his seemingly insatiable appetite for rising to the toughest challenges presented to him.
England will be without Kevin Pietersen for the Champions Trophy on home soil, but with a remarkable ODI average of 81.50, the inclusion of Root will surely give Giles great heart ahead of the tournament.
Inevitably, the hype has grown steadily since he plundered 1,013 runs in his breakthrough season of 2011, but his remarkable ability to control his emotions and nerves in every type of testing situation at such a young age continues to see him take every challenge in his stride.
Having made his Test debut in Nagpur last year, Root has already established himself in the England middle order, so it is perhaps fitting that someone who held a spot before him, Durham's Paul Collingwood, provides a recent verdict of his abilities.
"We have seen an exceptional innings today by Rooty," he said after Root's brilliant century against his side this season. "I really think it's so impressive how a young lad can play an innings like that. We threw everything at him and he came through it. He has a steady head and a superb technique. The rhythm of his innings, everything about it, was exceptional."
The pressure and expectation will continue to mount on the man who has been creatively labelled 'the next Athers', 'the next Vaughan' and, yes, 'the next Cook'; but fortunately this future England captain has the mental fortitude and ability to match the hype and not fade away.
Root has the talent and character to be a distinguished England captain, but first he must distinguish himself as an England batsman: with back-to-back Ashes series and the Champions Trophy coming up this year, he has the ideal stages on which to shine.