NSW's Star Larkin resets after BBL final

Melbourne Stars batsman Nick Larkin, having copped a few jokes since rejoining NSW after the BBL final, is ready to return to the SCG home dressing room.

NICK LARKIN.
NICK LARKIN. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images

It is a remarkably short turnaround between the BBL and Sheffield Shield, take the example of NSW and Melbourne Stars batsman Nick Larkin.

Last Saturday night, Larkin fell short as a visitor while top-scoring for Melbourne Stars in their BBL final loss at the SCG.

On Sunday, he flew to Melbourne for a season-ending Stars function.

On Friday, the 29-year-old starts a Shield game at the SCG and will open the batting in a Blues XI loaded with Sydney Sixers.

"There's been a few jokes ... the jokes get old pretty quickly," Larkin quipped.

"You get ribbed a little bit.

"It was (weird) in a way (to play an away final in Sydney against so many NSW teammates), but it also wasn't because you go out there and just want to win. The Sixers were too clinical.

"No hard feelings, I love a lot of those Sixers guys. Now it's getting on with business, funnily enough against the Victorians (captained by Stars teammate Peter Handscomb)."

Larkin, who has previously represented Ireland and could potentially link up with them again for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, quelled the notion he is a red-ball specialist during this summer's BBL

The right-hander, who joined the Stars as an injury replacement in 2018-19 after being overlooked by the Sixers, even outgunned Marcus Stoinis in a match-winning knock of 83 not out that booked his team a spot in the final.

Larkin is now attempting to seamlessly slip into Shield mode; easier said than done after a couple of hits in the nets.

He would have liked to squeeze in a grade or NSW second XI game before the Shield resumption, but highlights the obvious upsides to his BBL campaign.

"The important part is to have played hard competitive cricket, regardless of the format. I feel ready to go," he said.

Larkin added he learned plenty from the Stars, especially while working closely with assistant coach Trent Woodhill and picking the brain of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.

NSW squad: Nick Larkin, Daniel Hughes, Daniel Solway, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques, Matthew Gilkes, Peter Nevill (capt), Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Trent Copeland, Harry Conway, Liam Hatcher.


AAP