Sky's the limit: ACT Comets batsman Jono Dean has put his name in the draft for the Caribbean Premier League.

Sky's the limit: ACT Comets batsman Jono Dean has put his name in the draft for the Caribbean Premier League. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

A whirlwind 50 for the Prime Minister's XI against the West Indies drew comparisons with David Warner and helped launch Jono Dean's Big Bash League career.

Now the hard-hitting Canberran hopes that innings is still remembered in the Caribbean.

Dean has thrown his hat into Thursday's Caribbean Premier League draft and was hopeful of getting picked up in the Twenty20 bash-fest.

no Dean of the Strikers bats during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval.

no Dean of the Strikers bats during the Big Bash League match between the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat at Adelaide Oval.

The 29-year-old thrust himself into the limelight with his 51 off just 40 balls against the Calypso kings in the 2013 PM's game at Manuka Oval, with the Windies' opening bowlers Tino Best and Darren Sammy bearing the brunt of the damage.

It drew praise from former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and West Indies opener Kieran Powell.

''He's a right-handed David Warner, he just kept on smashing everything to the boundary,'' Powell said after the game.

"He should fit in [to the BBL] quite comfortably from what I saw today."

As a result, Dean was picked up by the Adelaide Strikers and played four BBL games over summer, averaging 19.66 runs at a strike rate of 184.37.

Now he's hoping to avoid the worst of Canberra's winter and spend July and August in the tropics playing cricket on the same stage as Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle.

He felt it was a more realistic chance than the Indian Premier League, which was a "hard nut to crack".

"[The CPL] presents an opportunity and if someone was willing to take me then I'd be happy to go over there and have a crack," Dean said.

"It seems like a good, fun competition to play in, much like the BBL, but a bit more of a party theme.

"I've been in discussions with my manager to see what options would be available  and their first question was, 'Are you willing to put your hat in the ring?'

"I think I am ... [the PM's XI innings] works in my favour, hopefully someone remembers."

He's also hoping to secure a BBL contract for next summer and said discussions were continuing about locking in a contract.

Dean said he loved his time with the Strikers, where fellow Canberran Ben Oakley was a teammate, and would love to return to the City of Churches for a second BBL stint.

He said the uncertainty surrounding his chances of returning to the BBL was tough.

"It is hard, but all I can do is prepare as best I can and make sure I'm still fit and raring to go when the time comes," Dean said.

"It's looking positive for next year and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to do a bit better than I did this year.

"I'd love to go back to the Strikers, I had a really good time there.

"They're really professional on and off the ground. We didn't get the results we wanted, but I'd love to go back there, I loved Adelaide.

"If the opportunity came up to be closer to home then that'd be fantastic as well.

"Just being involved in the competition is what I want and I just want that opportunity again."