Veteran Callum Ferguson has no intention of making this Big Bash League season his last, using Brad Hodge and Mike Hussey as examples to keep playing in the domestic Twenty20 competition.
Ferguson retired from first-class cricket with South Australia last month but will suit up as the Sydney Thunder’s captain this season.
At 36, Ferguson is among the oldest players in this summer’s edition, with Fawad Ahmed the most senior player at 38.
But none of them have anything on Brad Hogg who was still going around at 46 three seasons ago, while Hodge was the oldest specialist batter at 43 in 2017-18.
“I look at Brad Hodge, someone like Mike Hussey (at age 40 for the Thunder) as well,” Ferguson told AAP as he prepares for the Thunder’s opener against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday.
“Those guys certainly were able to continue on for an extended period of time after they finished up with their red-ball cricket.
“Those guys are certainly people I will look up to and lean on at different stages in the coming years on how do you keep going.
“Potentially in two or three years time, have I got any more left in me and how do you go about getting that out of yourself.”
Ferguson noted that his former Redbacks teammate Johan Botha had returned to the BBL this season, aged 38.
“One of the things when I was making my decision it was to put a bit more focus on white-ball cricket for the next few years,” Ferguson said.
“As long as the body is feeling good and I am enjoying it I will keep on playing.
“It doesn’t surprise me to see older guys leaned on a bit in this format because there is a lot going on, and cool heads prevail.”
Ferguson’s decision to give up red-ball cricket allowed him to put more focus on the Thunder, as well as their list management with coach Shane Bond.
They have made a point to build a squad that will barely change throughout the summer with Englishman Sam Billings the only player not available for all 14 games.
“That’s something that we think is an advantage and something we have put some thought in to,” Ferguson said.
“The overseas players are really important, if you can find some guys who are available for a large portion if not the entire tournament, that can help.”