Ryan Carters has found a home at NSW, firing with the bat since joining the Blues from Victoria in the off-season.
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6 Dec 2013 - 2:39 PM  UPDATED 6 Dec 2013 - 3:49 PM

It wasn't so long ago that two of the country's most promising batsmen fled NSW for greener pastures, but impressive rookie Ryan Carters has gone the other way and found a home at the Blues.

NSW are atop the Sheffield Shield ladder going into Sunday's clash with South Australia at the SCG, and it's run-machine Carters who best demonstrates the culture changes at Moore Park.

Two seasons ago, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes felt their games weren't developing at NSW and left.

In contrast, Carters has moved from Victoria looking for an opportunity, and in the space of just four first-class matches, has taken his game to another level.

The cast of Test players at NSW could intimidate any 23-year-old.

But Carters, who is studying economics, politics and philosophy at Sydney University, is an intelligent, articulate athlete who has found the right balance between life and cricket.

The player bios for most young sportsmen usually feature references to video games, celebrities and movies, but Carters' profile offers an insight into his interest in psychology.

"Humans are eternally interesting creatures and it is fascinating to think about what makes us the way we are," he says.

Born and bred in Canberra before signing with Victoria as a 19-year-old, Carters has played 15 first-class matches, yet more than half of his 903 career runs have come this season.

He scored 94 against England in a tour-match, before posting back-to-back Shield hundreds opening the batting for NSW.

"I felt excited about the opportunity and as soon as I arrived it became clear there wasn't any reason to be intimidated," Carters said.

"I was under no illusions that I could just come to NSW and walk into the team.

"But I believed if I put the right structures in place in my life and had a good balance ... then naturally good performances would flow."

Carters, a wicketkeeper who doesn't stand behind the stumps at NSW with Peter Nevill in the side, says another NSW gloveman, and ACT product, Brad Haddin has taught him that it's perfecting the basics that allows players to thrive in pressure situations.

He's excited about higher honours that could lay ahead in the future.

"As a rule performances are rewarded with selection, no matter what level," he says.