Harry Gurney is one of a growing band of cricketers who have decided to concentrate on white-ball cricket.
Recognising the financial benefits for players in the latter stages of their career, Gurney is travelling the world predominantly playing T10 and T20 cricket.
The decision was not solely fuelled by a desire to cash in before retiring; Gurney’s realisation that his skillset lent itself to white ball led to the decision.
“I wasn’t particularly enjoying or loving my red-ball cricket anymore," explains Gurney. "I mean, I’d known pretty much my whole career I wasn’t any good enough to play Test cricket, so it felt like a no-brainer, really.”
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Looking at Gurney’s list of teams represented, it is genuinely multinational: Barbados Tridents (CPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL), Melbourne Renegades (BBL), Nottinghamshire (Blast), Quetta Gladiators (PSL).
More impressive is the list of competition wins with Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League and, of course, last year’s BBL. He has also played, and won, in a T10 league in the UAE.
Winning the BBL with the Renegades has been one of Gurney’s proudest moments.
“The Big Bash League, I’m sure it’s got better every year, but from the first year it started, I’ve sat and watched games from freezing cold England and admired it as competition,” he reveals.
“So to play in it and experience it last year was an incredible thing. To win it was just not in my wildest dreams, really and I can’t wait to get back.”
In last year’s BBL, Gurney bowled regularly at the end of the innings and showed how effective he is in those situations. His ten wickets came at 24.40 each with an economy rate of 7.17.
Despite being 33, Gurney’s form suggests that he could yet be close to representing England again. He has 10 ODI and 2 T20I appearances but feels that he's near to breaking into England’s white-ball squad.
“I feel like, for the first time in a while, I am actually am on the periphery again," he says. "I think it certainly can’t do me any harm if I have another go at Big Bash given that it’s a high-profile tournament and the T20 World Cup itself happens to be in Australia.”
However, Gurney is phlegmatic about his chances: “Having said that, I’m not overly preoccupied with it, and it sounds like a cliché, but I’m not.
"I’m not thinking about international cricket, and I’m really happy, and I’m comfortable doing what I’m doing, and if it ends up leaving me putting on an England shirt again, then that would be a fantastic by-product of it.