Callum Ferguson is gearing up for his first taste of T20 action since helping Worcestershire Rapids reach Vitality Blast finals day – after showing the resolute side of his game in red ball cricket for South Australia.

The County’s 2018 and 2019 capture last played in the short format of the game when hitting 64 not out for the Rapids in the Blast quarter-final win over Gloucestershire.

It put the seal on a memorable Blast campaign for Ferguson before he returned Down Under to prepare for the domestic campaign with South Australia.

He scored 390 runs at an average of 48.75 for the Rapids.

Now Ferguson will again revert to T20 mode for the 2018-2019 Big Bash which gets underway in just under two weeks time.

He will again be playing for Sydney Thunder who will launch their campaign with two home matches.

But before reverting to white ball mode, Ferguson dug in to score a defiant 36 off 137 balls with just two boundaries to help South Australia draw their Sheffield Shield clash with New South Wales in Sydney.

The 34-year-old added 102 in 44 overs for the fourth wicket with skipper Jake Lehmann as South Australia, trailing by 161 on first innings, reached 239-6 by the close.

It took a superb catch by Moises Henriques at silly mid off to dismiss Ferguson off the bowling of Steve O’Keefe.

Sydney Thunder will entertain Melbourne Stars on December 21 and then play host to Sydney Sixers on Christmas Eve.

The Thunder will play 14 group matches as, for the first time, all teams will play each other home and away in an extended competition.

The top four teams will advance to the two semi-finals with the final staged on February 17.