Steve Smith spent eight days searching for ways to conquer India's bowlers and may also have found the answer for other Test attacks who've schemed to bog the master batsman down.
Lauded as a great problem solver by coach Justin Langer, Smith again proved his adaptability on Friday, scoring his first Test ton in 16 months with a glorious 133 in the third Test against India.
It marked the 27th century of his career and gave Australia a slight edge at the SCG, with India 2-96 in reply to the hosts' 338 at stumps on day two.
But crucially, it also ended a 14-innings century drought stretching back to his batting heroics that ensured Australia retained the Ashes in 2019 in England.
Since then, Smith has felt his opportunities limited by Pakistan before being badly tied down by both New Zealand last summer and India at the start of this series.
"I think (bowlers)' plans have been different (in recent years)," Smith said after Friday's century.
"I feel in a way sometimes less likely to get out, but harder to score.
"That has probably shown in a few of the games over the past two years just with the fields they are setting and the way they are bowling.
"I have had to scrap pretty hard for my runs."
Within minutes of him arriving at the crease on day one, it was clear Smith intended to put an end to that with a more aggressive approach.
After facing 68 balls for his 10 runs in the first two Tests, Smith scored three boundaries in his first 11 balls at the SCG and he continued to drive confidently against the quicks.
Against the spinners, he was keen to use his feet when given the opportunity after being caught on the crease in his previous dismissals.
On other occasions as India packed the legside, the right-hander took the same approach as Australia's other batsmen by rocking back and giving himself time and room.
Seven of Smith's 16 boundaries came against India's tweakers, with the first three of those coming down the ground.
"In this game I was little more aggressive early and tried to put it back on the bowler a little bit more," Smith said.
"I got off to a nice start, I think I was almost a-run-a-ball 20. So I got myself going and got into my innings.
"I think early on I hit (Ashwin) over his head, just put a bit of pressure on him to bowl where I wanted him to bowl.
"Then you've just got to play the game, absorb pressure when I need to and put on pressure when you need to."
Australian Associated Press