After establishing himself as a world-renowned cricketing gun for hire, Spartan ambassador Aiden Blizzard is back in Australia to bolster the Sydney Thunder batting line-up in the Big Bash League.
Aiden is in top form heading into the opening game of the season, a blockbuster derby this Thursday against the Thunder’s cross-town rivals the Sydney Sixers.
If his form in the Georgie Pie Super Smash in New Zealand is anything to go by, the Sixers will have a hard time containing the left-handed opener, who recently blasted 169 runs in just four matches for Canterbury.
Speaking exclusively to Spartan, Aiden says the competition has him primed and ready for the Aussie summer.
“It’s been a great experience for me personally and has been equally great for my preparations for this season’s Big Bash. The Canterbury boys have welcomed me in like family, Christchurch is sports mad and the Georgie Pie competition is red hot.”
As a fully contracted professional, Aiden’s power hitting game has taken him all over the word, from the IPL in India to Lord’s in England. It’s a lifestyle that Aiden says suits him perfectly.
“I feel like now being a part time Twenty20 professional means I have finally found the right balance for me to perform on the pitch while working, studying and being a husband.”
When he’s not smashing boundaries on the pitch, Aiden loves to travel down to country Victoria for some well-earned relaxation.
“My wife and I love spending time with our families. A trip to Shepparton, Melbourne or the Yarra Valley to see our family and close friends is often the down time we are forever trying to find time for!”
Aiden is confident that after some strong recruitment in the off-season, the Thunder are set to seriously challenge for the Big Bash League title this year. He rates the tournament as one of the best in the world.
“The Big Bash League has taken a huge step towards becoming the premier domestic Twenty20 tournament in the world. The coverage, entertainment and most importantly quality of cricket make it competitive with the IPL. Players from all over the world are desperate to get a look in with our franchises.”
Despite top-scoring for the Thunder last season, Aiden is placing the team’s goals above his own.
“My goal for this season is to play good cricket to enable the Thunder to play off in the final of the BBL. Last year we had a lot of injuries and close games, I’d trade my personal run tally for wins any day of the week.”
If he dominates the League’s run scoring charts again this season, Aiden could find himself on a plane to India next year to represent Australia in the World Twenty20 tournament.
“My form over the last two years has been more consistent than ever before,” he said. “However Australia does have serious depth when it comes to Twenty20 sloggers.
“I’d love to represent my country and I’d also love to win the BBL with the Thunder.”
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