Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Melbourne
Sydney Thunder have delisted captain Callum Ferguson after bowing out of the BBL finals in the Knockout.
Ferguson, 36, announced on Instagram that he had been informed by the Thunder on Friday that they would not be renewing his contract for next season.
He finished eighth on the BBL run-scoring list this season with 405 runs at 31.15 including three half-centuries. His strike-rate of 123.85 was the second-slowest of the top eight run-scorers, with only Alex Carey (122.12) scoring at a slower rate.
He led them to third spot on the table before they were beaten in the Knockout by Brisbane Heat.
Ferguson joined the Thunder in 2017 after previously playing with the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Renegades. He took over as Thunder captain at the start of BBL 09 and led them to back-to-back finals series. Ferguson made a stunning century against Perth Scorchers in Perth last season and the Thunder reached the Challenger before eventually losing to the Stars.
Ferguson elected to to retire from first-class cricket earlier in the season after South Australia could not guarantee his future selection. He bowed out with 97 in his final Sheffield Shield innings.
He was keen to continue playing with the Thunder next season. "I am now looking forward to what my playing future holds in the BBL," Ferguson wrote.