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Big Bash League final: Sydney Thunder's Aiden Blizzard bringing lessons back to Canberra

Cricket ACT director of coaching Aiden Blizzard wants to bring lessons back from Sydney Thunder's resounding charge to the Big Bash League final to help Canberra's next generation of cricket stars.

But before he resumes duties with the ACT Comets, Blizzard has the little matter of helping the Thunder claim a historic BBL title in front of more than 50,000 Victorians at the MCG and more than a million people watching on national television.

Aiden Blizzard will bring lessons back to Canberra after his stint with the Sydney Thunder.
Aiden Blizzard will bring lessons back to Canberra after his stint with the Sydney Thunder. 

The Thunder will aim to cap off a fairytale run and give legend Mike Hussey the farewell he so richly deserves when they take on the Melbourne Stars on Sunday night.

Whipping boys for the first four years of the competition, the Thunder pulled off a massive upset by defeating competition leaders Adelaide Strikers at a sold-out Adelaide Oval on Thursday night behind a magnificent century from Usman Khawaja.

Blizzard played in all eight of the Thunder's regular season games, but was left out of the semi-final for spinner Chris Green to suit the conditions.

Win or lose, Blizzard will be flying to Hobart on Monday morning to continue his coaching duties for the ACT Comets in their Futures League match against Tasmania at Blundstone Arena.

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He plans to share the knowledge he's gained during his two-month stint with the Thunder to the exciting batch of Canberra cricketers at his disposal.

"We've got some really good youngsters coming through, so it's a good experience for me to take some stuff back for them and hopefully fast track their careers," Blizzard said.

"There's a lot of different ways to go about playing your own cricket. In high performance systems, there's an expectation to toe the line, but a lot of the boys have different ways to achieve."

Blizzard, 31, is in his second season with the Thunder and has seen first-hand the club's drastic turnaround from the competition's battlers to being one game off lifting the trophy.

 "Obviously we struggled a bit last year, but it's been a nice project over the past two years for me," he said. "Culturally they've been building on it for a couple of seasons.

"Mike Hussey and [Thunder general manager] Nick Cummins have worked hard to put the list together, and [coach] Paddy Upton has a different strategy to most cricket organisations, so we've been able to change that mentality."

A large part of that has been the sublime form of Test star Khawaja during his limited appearances for the Thunder this season.

"He's turned up three games and he's dominated the opposition three games, so we're hoping he can make it a fourth," Blizzard said. "I've seen innings here and there, but he's in some serious form. It's seriously unbelievable."

The Thunder will be hoping to give Hussey the perfect farewell as he plays his final game in Australia.

"He's been hyperactive like a 21-year-old, he's been the normal Mike Hussey," Blizzard said. "He's been excellent.

"He loves cricket, he's very keen to go out on a high note and it's great to have had him play such a significant role."