The Hobart Hurricanes surprised everyone when they blasted their way in the 2017-18 Big Bash League final. They followed that up with a first-place finish in BBL8 but fell short in the semi-finals. How will they fare this time around?
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|Home ground:||Blundstone Arena|
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Hobart Hurricanes fixture
|Sydney Sixers||Friday, December 20||Traeger Park||2:45pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Sunday, December 22||Ted Summerton Reserve||2:45pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, December 24||Blundstone Arena||2:45pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Stars||Monday, December 30||UTAS Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Friday, January 3||Blundstone Arena||7:10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Sunday, January 5||Perth Stadium||9:40pm AEDT|
|Brisbane Heat||Thursday, January 9||The Gabba||7:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Saturday, January 11||Sydney Showgrounds||6:10pm AEDT|
|Perth Scorchers||Monday, January 13||Blundstone Arena||7:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Sixers||Thursday, January 16||SCG||7:10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 19||UTAS Stadium||2:45pm AEDT|
|Melbourne Renegades||Tuesday, January 21||Marvel Stadium||7:10pm AEDT|
|Sydney Thunder||Friday, January 24||Blundstone Arena||6:10pm AEDT|
|Adelaide Strikers||Sunday, January 26||Adelaide Oval||7:10pm AEDT|
Hobart Hurricanes futures betting
Although the ‘Canes went deep again last year, there is little love for them in the outright betting for BBL09. Given this squad boasts some of the country’s form limited-overs players, there might be some serious value in backing Hobart to make another run at the title.
Tips for betting on the Hobart Hurricanes
For so long a rag-tag bunch of unassuming also-rans, the Hurricanes now have a talented roster that features some of the most explosive players in the competition. Keep an eye on these names.
Most wickets betting
With Jofra Archer gone, the scene is set for Riley Meredith to take the next step in his rapid rise. The Tasmanian speedster was one of the breakout stars of BBL8 and could make a case for national selection with another strong campaign. Scott Boland is an excellent addition to the bowling attack and veteran left-armer James Faulkner remains a big threat at this level.
Most runs betting
The opening combo of D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade tore the competition to shreds last season. Wade will miss the early stages of the season due to Test duties, so the likes of Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell will need to play their part.
Hobart Hurricanes all-time XI
The Hurricanes have had some world-class talent grace their list over the years, including Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Shaun Tait, Stuart Broad and Alex Hales. None of those names feature in Hobart’s all-time XI.
There is a big fight over the keeper’s slot, as no fewer than three recognised glovesmen feature in the top seven. Tim Paine mans the stumps, with Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott completing a very gifted batting lineup.
Dan Christian is a lock for the allrounder spot and Jofra Archer spearheads a bowling attack that also includes the BBL’s all-time top wicket-taker, Ben Laughlin. Cameron Boyce and Xavier Doherty have both done enough to justify the inclusion of two specialist spinners.
1. D’Arcy Short
2. Tim Paine
3. Matthew Wade
4. George Bailey (c)
5. Ben McDermott
6. Travis Birt
7. Dan Christian
8. Jofra Archer
9. Cameron Boyce
10. Ben Laughlin
11. Xavier Doherty
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