I dream of one day playing cricket for Australia… but I know that if my opportunity is to come in the near future it will likely be in the shortest form of the game.

My path is a little different to most.

In fact, I would say that it has been completely non-traditional. After debuting for NSW and the Sydney Thunder in the summer of 2014/15 my whirlwind journey as a cricketer began.

It’s completely surreal when I look back on it now.

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Playing alongside many of my childhood heroes, such as Jacques Kallis, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson, for the Sydney Thunder was a real “pinch yourself moment”.

Our coach, Paddy Upton, helped develop a very open and honest team culture, enabling me to develop close relationships with these guys and absorb every ounce of knowledge and experience I could to develop my game.

With this increased awareness around my game, in my second year with the Thunder, I progressively began performing better and contributing more and more to the team’s success as we went on to win the Big Bash.

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My exposure to high level cricket and our success that season helped launch my career as a cricketer and put me on the radar of the global Twenty20 competitions.

It’s funny to think at first, that the perception of these tournaments was seen as the retirement circuit for a lot of cricketers, or the guys that were chasing cash to play in different world exhibition tournaments.

But for me, it has been an amazing opportunity to play alongside some of the best players in the world, learn from them and test myself in high-pressure environments against them; at the end of the day that is what Twenty20 cricket is all about.

I mean, the game is fast-changing, and fast-paced and you’re exposed to these situations within a game, where to put it in layman’s terms, it’s sort of adapt or die.

Fortunately for me, the last two years of doing so has helped me progress both as a cricketer and as an individual.

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This has led to more domestic selections and being re-signed by New South Wales, which has been really exciting and an honour

I didn’t really choose this pathway….. It was more me seeking as many opportunities as I could to play and continue to develop my game. After losing my rookie contract with NSW I was fortunate enough to get picked up in my first Twenty20 league over in Dubai.

I went through such a wave of emotions at the time as I was not being selected to play a lot of games here in Australia or in New South Wales.

So it was an obvious choice for me to take up the opportunity these international leagues were granting me to continue to play and develop my game.

My progression through this non-traditional route, however has granted me amazing opportunities to play and grow.

At the end of the day, Twenty20 cricket is still cricket and the learning and opportunities has provided me with skills that are easy to apply to a one day game or a four day game.

It’s not only making me a better Twenty20 cricketer, it’s making me a better cricketer in all formats.

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Over time I have been able to develop an increased understanding of my own game and what place I need to be in mentally in order to prepare myself to perform to the best of my ability.

Some might look at the past two years that I have had, losing my contract for example and having two opportunities in the Pakistan Super League where I actually didn’t even play a game, and question the growth or development I’m talking about.

But being able to spend time with the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliott, Shane Watson and Mike Hussey talking cricket and talking about their journey as well as my game; has been almost as beneficial, if not more beneficial than playing.

Just being able to observe what the best do and then getting the opportunity in the BBL and CPL to showcase everything I’ve learnt and successfully apply it to real life opportunities was an amazing experience.

All these Twenty20 tournaments are giving me the opportunity to play more and more cricket and I am really pleased with the way my game is continuing to develop.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Chris Green of the Thunder shields his eyes from the sun as he fields during the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on January 8, 2017 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
HOBART, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 08: Chris Green of the Thunder shields his eyes from the sun as he fields during the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on January 8, 2017 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

At the end of the day, I have a tremendous amount of love and passion for the game, so to step back and reflect on the experiences I have had in such a small amount of time I count myself very lucky to be living my dream.

If you’d have told me when I was a kid that at age 25 I would be travelling the world for cricket and playing alongside and against some of my childhood heroes, never mind spending time getting to know them off the field, I’m not sure I would have believed you.

I am very excited for what the future holds for my cricket but I am taking it one day at a time and making sure I’m soaking up every single step of my journey as I continue to pursue my dream of one day playing for Australia.