Shepparton cricket export Aiden Blizzard is gearing up for another season in the Big Bash League with Sydney Thunder.
Blizzard, 33, has carved out an impressive Twenty20 career and has carried on playing at a high level, despite not being involved at state level any more.
He lives in Canberra these days for his work as Cricket ACT’s high performance manager, along with playing for ACT.
But Blizzard is hoping for an extension of his BBL career as he enters the final season of his two-year contract.
After playing a key role when the Thunder took out the 2015-16 title, Blizzard made only one appearance last season as other batsmen were preferred in the top order.
‘‘I didn’t get much airtime last year, so we’ll see what happens, obviously we’ve got some talented young players,’’ Blizzard said.
‘‘Personally I’d love to get out there and get amongst it, but I’m not too sure what my role is for this year, so we’ll get there, see what happens, see what sort of form everyone is in and then go from there.’’
Blizzard is hoping to get a chance to play in front of his adopted home ground when the Thunder hosts a BBL game against Melbourne Renegades at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on January 24.
‘‘It’d be nice to be out there in the middle rather than running cricket operations behind the scenes,’’ Blizzard said.
‘‘I’m looking forward to getting back, we’ll hopefully sell the game out and it would be a great way to finish the tournament or prepare for the finals.’’