At just 28, James Faulkner could already be described as a seasoned short-form veteran and believes English cricket’s latest innovation could rival the world's best.
The Tasmanian is preparing to feature in England’s domestic Twenty20 showpiece and has thrown his support behind the country’s new franchise tournament.
A regular in the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League, the former Launceston all-rounder will represent Lancashire in Saturday’s Vitality Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston which sold out before the competition even began.
Faulkner believes that demonstrates the popularity of shorter formats in England ahead of the introduction of what is being called “The Hundred”, a concept likely to feature 100-ball innings.
“The proof was in the pudding when the tickets went on sale, they sold out quite quickly,” Faulkner told the Press Association.
“I'm like everyone else, unsure about what sort of concept they're going to go with. They're obviously meeting about it on a regular basis but it's all speculation, left, right and centre with players, administrators and supporters as well.
“I'm sure they'll figure out the best possible outcome for the game itself. I'm purely just focused on what I'm involved in, at the moment it's the T20 Blast and that's the one thing I'm concentrating on.”
Edgbaston will be a 27,000 sell-out for the two semi-finals and final with the four semi-finalists allocated just 500 tickets each.
Faulkner, who announced in May he would be returning home by signing a three-year BBL deal with the Hurricanes, has been a regular wicket-taker for Lancashire, with best bowling figures of 3-34 against Notts, 3-24 against Yorkshire, 3-28 against the Bears and a 2-3 cameo at Durham.
“I think there were a lot of angry fans who were disappointed because they wanted tickets, but it only holds 27,000 and it's fantastic that they did go so quickly. It shows that the brand's strong and that's even more exciting for the new franchise cricket that's going to come out shortly.
“Obviously at the moment the IPL and the BBL are probably the two big ones around the world when it comes to tournament play, but England have got a great opportunity to make it three - having 2020 just around the corner, with the franchise cricket that they're going to roll out, this is an exciting time.
“They've got a lot of fans they want to keep behind the brand at the moment, selling out the final of 27 (thousand) in a very short period of time, which is a great sign - not just for Twenty20 but the game in general around the world.”
The left-arm fast-medium bowler and right-hand batter was an inaugural member of the Melbourne Stars, played 47 matches and made 556 runs (47* high score), while claiming 45 wickets with the best bowling figures of 4-9.
He has been a member of the Tasmanian Tigers squad since 2008 when he made his first-class debut.