Local spinner Clive Rose had a dream tournament with the Melbourne Stars in BBL|02 learning from childhood hero, Stars teammate and captain, Shane Warne, and making his Twenty20 debut against the Adelaide Strikers.
Perhaps one of the stories of BBL|02 came from Rose who was given the ball in the last over of his debut by stand-in captain Cameron White.
Rose courageously bowled his left-arm orthodox to perfection with one of the most powerful hitters in the world, Kieron Pollard, staring down at him.
The left-arm orthodox spinner had been on coach Greg Shipperd’s radar for some time after watching him progress through the underage Victorian squads and the Australian U19 team for the World Cup in 2008.
Rose, who made his first-class debut for Victoria in February, has recently joined Tasmania on a one-year contract.
Ian Chappell, the Stars' chairman of selectors, said he was encouraged by the early-season performances of Rose, who is being mentored by former Victoria and Stars assistant coach Damien Wright, who also made the switch to Tasmania.
Sri Lankan cricketing great Kumar Sangakkara recently praised Rose by throwing his name in the ring as a future Australian spin-bowler, a great endorsement for one of the Stars favourites.
Last year, Rose stepped away from his university studies to focus on his cricket - a decision that appears to be paying off for the humble 23-year-old. The Stars welcome Rose back on a two-year deal meaning you’ll see him in green during BBL|03 & 04.