Teeing off: Jono Dean smashing ACT first grade to relaunch BBL career

Canberra batsman Jono Dean wants to use the ACT Premier League to relaunch his Big Bash League career and he has started in fine touch following a shoulder reconstruction.

Dean made his return for Weston Creek Molonglo last week and while he wasn't quite flawless, he was pretty damn close en route to a match-winning 115 against Eastlake.

Weston Creek batsman Jono Dean wants to return for a sixth season in the Big Bash League this summer.

Weston Creek batsman Jono Dean wants to return for a sixth season in the Big Bash League this summer. Credit:Elesa Kurtz

The 34-year-old has played the past five BBL seasons with the Adelaide Strikers but he's is on the lookout for a new club this summer.

Dean hasn't returned to fielding yet and said he won't be playing BBL anywhere unless he can pass fit, but admitted last weekend was a nice way to start the summer.

"I had one hit before last weekend and I didn't feel fantastic to be honest, the feet weren't really moving too well, but it was nice to spend some time in the middle and the shoulder pulled up all good," Dean said.

"I don’t know if it’ll ever feel as strong as it was but it definitely feels better than the last few years, I was managing it for four or five years before surgery.

"It got to a point where I had to get it fixed and it feels good now. Rehab can be quite frustrating but I'm just trying to be patient and not overdo it so at the pointy end I'm back to full tilt."

Dean is eyeing a return to ACT-NSW Country Comets for their Twenty20 season and wants to use it as a launching pad to another BBL contract.

"It's about gradually returning to full play over next few weeks, hopefully getting up for the Comets and Kingsgrove Cup," Dean said.

"It's pretty simple, unless I'm fully fit and playing good cricket I won't be a chance for Big Bash. I won't be back at Adelaide this year but I'm still hopeful of playing somewhere.

"Right now it's baby steps and getting back on the park and fully fit and scoring some runs. I'm back to doing the hard work and hopefully I can put some runs on the board."

Weston Creek face ANU away this week and both sides will be brimming with confidence after comfortable round one wins.

"It should be a good game, we've got some new faces and some good young kids coming through. John Rogers is well on top of things as captain," Dean said.

"They still got some good players but we’ll be okay."


Saturday: ANU v Weston Creek Molonglo at ANU North Oval, Tuggeranong Valley v Ginninderra at Chisholm No. 1 Oval, North Canberra-Gungahlin v Eastlake at Kingston Oval, Queanbeyan v Western District-UC at Freebody Oval.

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